Faculty & Staff

Daniel Train, Postdoctoral Associate, 2013-14

Daniel Train was born and raised in Sucre, Bolivia, received his B.A. in English from Biola University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Baylor—the latter in religion and literature. His dissertation focuses on the work of Flannery O’Connor and readers’ attempts to understand her use of violence in her fiction. While finishing his Ph.D., Train also served at Baylor’s School of Education as faculty partner for freshmen learning groups. He is married to Hillary, and together they have a daughter named Amelie. Train loves porches, sharing meals with others, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

Train will be joining DITA as its first postdoctoral associate, remaining for the full academic year, 2013-14. As well as working on his own research project on the topic of redemptive suffering, he will be teaching courses in theology and literature for DITA and participating in seminars with doctoral students.

Roger Lundin, Visiting Scholar in Residence, Spring 2014

Roger Lundin, a celebrated scholar of theology and literature as well as a prolific author and speaker, joins Duke Divinity for the Spring 2014 semester. He is currently the Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., where he teaches American Literature and Modern European Literature, and has twice been named Teacher of the Year.

Lundin’s interests include 19th-century American literature, the relationship of Christianity to literature, and modern intellectual history, with a special interest in philosophy and theology.

Lundin will be teaching and taking full part in DITA’s activities as the initiative's first visiting scholar in residence. During his time here, he will also pursue various field-related research projects of his own.

Amber Noel, Assistant to the Director

Amber Noel received her M.Div. from Duke in 2012, after some additional graduate coursework in theology and literature at Lee University (Cleveland, Tenn.). She has since remained in Durham to further explore a multifaceted vocation in pastoral, artistic, and academic fields.

She currently works as a professional administrator, writer, and youth minister, and is also discerning a diaconal, perhaps priestly, call from within the Anglican Communion.

With a wide range of intellectual interests, Noel has already been a keen and energetic supporter of theology and the arts initiatives at the Divinity School. She now provides administrative support for DITA as its assistant to the director.