Mary McClintock Fulkerson

Mary McClintock Fulkerson

Professor of Theology

(919) 660-3458
0040C Langford

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


Professor McClintock Fulkerson’s primary teaching interests are practical theology, feminist theologies, contemporary Protestant theology, authority in theology, and ecclesiology.

Her work is published in journals such as Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Modern Theology. Her book, Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology, examines the liberating practices of feminist academics and non-feminist church women. Her book Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church is on ecclesial practices that enable resistance to racism and other contemporary forms of social brokenness, interpreting the doctrine of the church in light of racial diversity and the differently abled. Her recent publication, The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology, is a collection of essays on feminist theology and globalization, which she co-edited with Sheila Briggs. Fulkerson’s next book is a volume of essays co-edited with Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Rosemary Carbine entitled Theological Perspectives on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, soon to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor McClintock Fulkerson is a member of the national Advocacy for Women Task Force of the PC(USA). She is faculty sponsor of the Divinity School’s Sacred Worth group, a student organization for LGBT concerns, director of the Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry, and faculty sponsor of the Women's Center.

She is currently involved in the “Pauli Murray Project: Activating History for Social Change,” a Duke Human Rights Center project on racial healing and reconciliation in  Durham County through history-telling.


B.M., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Div., Duke University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Curriculum Vitae


  • “‘We Don’t See Color Here’: A Case Study in Ecclesial-Cultural Invention” in Converging on Culture: Theologians in Dialogue with Cultural Analysis and Criticism, ed. By Delwin Brown, Sheila G. Davaney, Kathryn Tanner (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001):140-157
  • “‘They Will Know We are Christians by our Regulated Improvisation:’ Ecclesial Hybridity and the Unity of the Church” in The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology, ed. By Graham Ward (Oxford: Blackwell Pub., 2001): 265-279
  • “Practice” in A Handbook for Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, ed. by A.K.M. Adam (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000):189-98
  • “Contesting the Gendered Subject: A Feminist Account of the Imago Dei” in Horizons in Feminist Theology: Identity, Tradition, and Norms, ed. by Rebecca S. Chopp & Sheila Greeve Davaney (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997):99-115
  • Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1994)


  • Christ and Culture Theory
  • Feminist Theology
  • Authority in Theology
  • Contemporary Theology: Selected Figures

Additional Information



  • Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
  • Edward Farley, Good and Evil: Interpreting a Human Condition
  • Sharon Welch, Sweet Dreams in America: The Ethical and Spiritual Challenge of Multiculturalism
  • William Connolly, Why I am Not a Secularist