Jennifer Wade, PhD

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Jennifer Wade is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gwynedd Mercy University since 2018.  She completed her doctoral work at Boston College in conjunction with Harvard Divinity School.  As older boundaries between sacred and secular transform, Dr. Wade researches the resulting environment in which religion, public policy and democracy are interwoven.  She explores critical gender theory, economic theory, comparative economic theology and religion at the intersection of law, politics and society.  

She is presently working on two projects.  One explores comparative nondual ethics in the service of wealth equality.  In light of comparative economic theology, critical gender theory and Black Lives Matter scholarship, new alliances between labor unions and industry consumers to negotiate wealth equality describe a model for comparative nondual ethics.

A second project describes a method drawn from comparative economic theology and gender theory for the detection of anger in marginalized communities when mainstream methods would fail to recognize such anger.  This project aims to offer theoretical and practical ways to identify, harness and use the anger of marginalized groups for liberatory political purposes.

Dr. Wade enjoys teaching within the project of humanistic education in the liberal arts, while at the same time engaging pressing issues.  Ethics, then, is a way to explore some of the most fundamental questions of our existence: What does it mean to be human?  What is the good life?  What are our responsibilities to others and ourselves?  How does privilege affect what we know?  She teaches ethics as an examination  of life’s quintessential questions, to which students may develop critical answers of their own.  Using a solidarity model, she invites students to bring their concerns into dialogue with debates on public policy issues.  Courses are concerned to critically assess the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society.  Her pedagogy supports brave spaces to explore possibilities for a more equitable democratic future.  

Teaching:

Bioethics; The Ethics and Politics of Capitalism; Religion and Ethics; Philosophical Ethics; Comparative Economic Theology; Theologies of International Economic Ethics; History of Classical Thought; Philosophy of Religion; Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion; Sex, Sexuality, Gender and Religion; Theological Anthropology; Historical and Systematic Theology; Catholic Thought; 20th Century Theology; Feminist Theology; Womanist Theology; Latinx Theology; Comparative Theology; World Religions; Eastern and Western Meditation; Buddhism; Hinduism; Spirituality