E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor Emerita of Religion, Psychology, and Culture and Research Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, 2020-2022.
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor Emerita 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 The Wiley Blackwell Reader in Practical Theology (Wiley-Blackwell 2019); 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 a book for a wide audience on vocation, The Underside of Living Out Our Callings (Oxford University Press).
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-founder and co-chair of two program units of the American Academy of Religion, Practical Theology and Childhood Studies in Religion. In addition to her Luce Fellowship, 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 has taught courses on personality theory, self-psychology, women and religion, families and children, climate violence and earth justice, spirituality and pastoral care, pastoral care and practical theology, and methods in theology and the social sciences.