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Aimee Upjohn Light, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Theology

Fisher 608A
Phone: 412.396.1031

Education:

Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion, Yale University, 2003
M.A., Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1994
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1993
Expertise

Aimee Upjohn Light specializes in theology of religions and comparative theology, as well as feminist theologies. She is the author of God at the Margins: Making Sense of Religious Plurality (Anselm: February 2014), co-author of the comparative approach to Hinduism featured in Pim Valkenberg's World Religions in Dialogue: A Comparative Theological Approach and co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's new series Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice, a series which will continue through 2018 and which features her own edited volume Identity and Exclusion.

She has given numerous presentations at national conventions including the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, Call to Action and Leuven University's biannual LEST conference, and published articles on interreligious studies, pluralism, negative theology and postmodernity. She has served as the Executive Editor for the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue since 2009.

Dr. Light teaches courses in Catholic and more broadly Christian interreligious work, as well as feminist theologies. Her ongoing research for her next book is on Christian panentheisms, and what these cosmologies mean for Christian interreligious thinking and affirmation.

Teaching

Dr. Light teaches graduate seminars in her fields of specialization and courses in Global and Cultural Perspectives and Women and Christianity at the undergraduate level.

Scholarship

God at the Margins: Interreligious Thought and Feminist Theology (Anselm Academic). Forthcoming February 2014.

"Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology: Shoulder to Shoulder," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 18 (2011): 144-146;
"Liberation Theology and Sexuality," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 18 (2011): 148-151;

"Weep Not For Your Children," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 17 (2010): 351-353;

"Christology From the Margins," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 17 (2010): 372-374;

"Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 17 (2010): 544-546;

"Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 17 (2010): 561-563;

"Hick, Harris and the Demise of the Pluralist Hypothesis," The Journal of Ecumenical Studies 44 (2009): 467-470;

"Post-Pluralism Through the Lens of Postmodernity," The Journal of Interreligious Dialogue 1 (2009): 67-70;

"Eco-Theology," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 16 (2009): 414-416;

"An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 16 (2009): 449-452;

"Panentheism-The Other God of the Philosophers: From Plato to the Present," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 14 (2007)

"Heidegger's Philosophy of Religion: From God to the Gods," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 14 (2007)

"For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Christian Theology," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 14 (2007)

"Thinking About Religion: A Reader," Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 14 (2007)

"Sculpting God: An Exchange," Harvard Theological Review 91 (1998): 205-206. [pdf]