Faculty Directory

Heather M. DuBois

Assistant Professor of Peace Studies, Trauma, and Spirituality


Heather M. DuBois is an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in critical, constructive responses to conflict, trauma, and violence. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science, masters degrees in Conflict Resolution and Theology, and a doctorate in Theology and Peace Studies. Before joining the CSTM, she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy at Florida State University and as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. Currently, Heather is writing Moving Through Impasse, a book that uses the spirituality of John of the Cross and the critical theory of Judith Butler to theorize transformation at the nexus of self and society. She has taught theology courses on suffering, evil, and social justice as well as religion courses on gender and conflict. She is active in the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Academy of Religion. Heather worked previously in the domestic and international nonprofit and NGO sectors.

Selected Courses

  • Trauma Healing and Prevention
  • Impasse and Spiritual Transformation
  • Socio-Spiritual Care
  • Conflict Resolution and Transformation

Selected Publications

Review of Peacebuilding and Catholic Social Teaching by Theodora Hawksley, Theological Studies, Volume 82: Issue 2 (June 2021): 385–386.

“The Intensifying Intersection of Ethics, Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies,” Journal of Religious Ethics Volume 49: Issue 1 (March 2021): 189–212.

Review of Trauma and Transcendence: Suffering and the Limits of Theory by Eric Boynton and Peter Capretto, Theological Studies Volume 81, Issue 2 (June/July 2020): 518–519. 

“The Spirituality of a Pluralist: A Theological Reading of Connolly's Why I Am Not a Secularist,” Spiritus 20 (2020): 45–57.

“‘There is still a lot of pollution in there’: Undoing Violent Ideologies, Undoing the Self” in Suffering and the Christian Life, ed. Karen Kilby and Rachel Davies (Bloomsbury, 2019), 105–112.

“Extra Mundum Nulla Salus: Edward Schillebeeckx with Judith Butler on Damaged Creation and the Mediation of Salvation.” Tijdschrift Voor Theologie (December 2019). 

Review of Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler, Humanity and Society Volume 43, Issue 2 (May 2019): 209–211.