Emma is Administrative Assistant at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre and a doctoral student in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College in the Toronto School of Theology. She received her MA in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with Dr. James Cone as her thesis advisor. Her MA thesis, “A Discourse on Imago Dei and Intellectual Disability,” examines theological anthropology from a disability perspective. Her doctoral thesis, “Doing and Undoing Disability Theology: A Mystical-Liberative Approach to the Cross,” argues for a mutual reinterpretation of disability and the cross. Her primary research interests are disability theology, critical disability studies, queer-crip theory, theologies of liberation, and mysticism. Recently, she has published in the Toronto Journal of Theology, the Journal of Religion and Disability, and the Disability Studies Quarterly.
PhD student, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, current
MA, Union Theological Seminary, 2016
BA, DePaul University, 2013
Review of Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability edited by Jarman, Monaghan, and Harkin. Journal of Disability and Religion. Forthcoming 2019.
Review of Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness by William C. Gaventa. Disability Studies Quarterly. Forthcoming 2019.
Review of Disability, Faith, and the Church: Inclusion and Accommodation in Contemporary Congregations by Courtney Wilder. Toronto Journal of Theology 34, no. 2 (2018): 299-300.
"The Girl was a Fighter: Cristina Figueroa." In How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence, ed. Miles Harvey. Chicago, IL: Big Shoulders Books, DePaul University, 2013.
Selected Conference Presentations
"Reorganizing the Methodological Toolbox of Disability Studies and Disability Theology," A Deeper Communion: Church with People with Disabilities, May 4th, 2019.
"Atonement Theology in Disability Perspective," Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Scholars Forum, March 12th, 2019.
"Infantilism, Romanticism, and Aggrandizement: Problems of Misrepresentation with Disability Theology," Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, June 12th, 2018.
"The American Disability Rights Movement and the Church," Toronto Graduate Student's Association Conference, March 23rd, 2018.
"The Vulnerable Christ: Dorothee Sölle's Concept of God, Christ and Vulnerability," Women in Theology Seminar, March 15th, 2018.
"The Day My Brother's Blood Cried: The Need for Community in Mental Health Liberation Theology," Union Theological Seminary Master of Arts Conference, November 19th, 2014.
DePaul University’s English Department Conference, April 2013.
Streamlines: A Conference at Clarke University, November 2012.