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 Pastoral Theology at the Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion of Vanderbilt University. Her research in religion, psychology, and culture, pastoral and practical theology, and women and childhood studies focuses on understanding the person and lived theology in the midst of everyday struggles, such as illness, dying, working, and parenting. 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 science.
A Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology and author, co-author, and editor of over twelve books as well as numerous chapters and articles, her recent publications include Children and Childhood in American Religions(Rutgers 2009), Faith's Wisdom for Daily Living (Fortress 2008), and In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice (Jossey-Bass 2006). She is currently working on three projects: an edited volume, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology (Wiley-Blackwell); a collection of previously published essays in pastoral and practical theology, Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline (Eerdmans); and a book supported by a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers for 2010-2011 from Louisville Institute, Lived Theology: Understanding its Politics, Rehabilitating its Place.
A nationally and internationally recognized leader in pastoral and practical theologies and women and childhood studies in theology, she has served as president of the International Academy of Practical Theology, president of the Association of Practical Theology, and co-chair of two new 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 and Louisville awards, she has also received grants from 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.