AreaReligion, Psychology, and Culture
B.A., Kalamazoo (1977)
M.A., Ph.D., Chicago (1980, 1986)
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. A Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology and an author, co-author, and editor of over sixteen books as well as over a hundred chapters and articles, she has particular interest in the person and lived theology in the midst of everyday struggles, such as illness, dying, working, and parenting. Her recent publications include Conundrums in Practical Theology (Brill 2016); Christian Practical Wisdom: What It Is, Why It Matters (Eerdmans 2016); Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline (Eerdmans 2012); and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (Wiley-Blackwell 2012). Her writing has been translated into several languages, including Korean, Portuguese, and Swedish. She is currently working on two projects: a book for a wide audience on vocation, tentatively titled, The Underside of Living Out Our Callings; and an annotated volume of classic essays, The Wiley-Blackwell Reader in Practical Theology (Wiley-Blackwell).
A nationally and internationally recognized leader in pastoral and practical theologies and in women and childhood studies, she has served as president of the International Academy of Practical Theology, president of the Association of Practical Theology, and co-chair of two newly founded program units of the American Academy of Religion, the Consultation on Childhood Studies and Religion and the Group on Practical Theology. In addition to her Luce award, she has also received grants from the Louisville Institute, the Collegeville Institute, the Lilly Endowment Foundation, the Association of Theological Schools, the Wabash Center on Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, and Vanderbilt University for the study of families, children, and religion; research on practical theology; research on public theology; and exploration of teaching and vocation. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she served as an associate pastor, chaplain, and pastoral counselor while completing her M.A. and Ph.D. at University of Chicago in 1986. She teaches courses on personality theory, self-psychology, women and religion, families and children, spirituality and pastoral care, pastoral and practical theology, and methods in theology and the social sciences.
Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J. “Getting it Write: On the Craft of Academic Writing.” Pastoral Psychology 65, no. 6 (2016): 803-20.