Eboni Marshall Turman

Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Black Church Studies; Director of the Office of Black Church Studies
108C Gray

Duke Divinity School
Duke University
407 Chapel Drive
Duke Box #90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

(919) 660-3439
  • B.A. (Fordham University)
  • M.Div., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York)

Professor Marshall Turman's primary teaching interests span the breadth of social ethics as a discipline, most especially 20th century social ethics and the historical development of U.S. theological liberalism, including liberation theology and ethics, sexual ethics, and postcolonial ethics. Her current research interests include womanist/feminist liberation theology and ethics, the black radical tradition, black intellectuals and religion, and the intersection of dogmatics and the African American Christian tradition. Her book is titled Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Its interrogation of race and gender bias posits the body as a theological problem and asserts the identity of Jesus as confessed at Chalcedon as the primary theological resource for dismantling “body” injustice in church and society. She is currently working on her second book project on sexual-gender discrimination in the Black Church.

Professor Marshall Turman served as the assistant minister of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City for ten years. She is the youngest woman to be licensed and ordained by the church, and the second woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 208-year history.

She is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and is regularly called upon to preach from pulpits across the nation.