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  • Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis Professor of Religion
  • Affiliate Faculty, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Institute


  • MA, religion, Yale University, 1988
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1994
  • PhD, Yale University, 1999



    • "Sexual Pleasure," in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender, ed. Adrian Thatcher (Oxford University Press, 2014)
    • "Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion in the U.S.," Critical Issues in the Study of Religion and Gender 1, no. 1 (2011): 18-43
    • Editor: The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity (Fortress Press, 2010) 
    • Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference (Oxford University Press, 2007)
    • "Toward a Feminist Postmodern and Postcolonial Interpretation of Sin," Journal of Religion, Vol. 84, no. 2 (April 2004)
    • "Reading the Raced and Sexed Body in Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Repatterning White Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2003)
    • "Rejoinder: Dialogue Beyond First-Wave Feminism," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2003)
    • Review of Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse, ed. Laura Donaldson & Kwok Pui-lan (Routledge, 2002) in Journal of Religion, Vol. 83, no. 2 (April 2003)


    • Margaret Kamitsuka Selected for Fellowship

      March 28, 2019

      Margaret Kamitsuka, Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis Professor of Religion, has been selected to be a Coolidge Fellow in the Cross Currents Research Colloquium at Auburn Seminary in New York City this summer, focused on the theme of reproductive justice. 

      The Cross Currents Research Colloquium brings together fellows (religious scholars, sociologists, clergy, activists, artists and others) to pursue individual and group research for focused and facilitated discussions and seminars pertaining to faith-based social and religious justice. Cross Currents is a magazine published four times a year by the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life.

    • Margaret Kamitsuka Presents

      September 5, 2018

      Associate Professor of Religion Margaret Kamitsuka presented at the Societas Ethica Conference in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

    • Margaret Kamitsuka Presents

      March 29, 2017

      Margaret Kamitsuka, associate professor of religion, presented “Abortion and the Maternal Authority to End Fetal Life” at the Duquesne Women in Philosophy 2017 Conference on March 24, 2017 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

    • Margaret Kamitsuka Appointed as Editor

      January 25, 2017

      Margaret Kamitsuka, associate professor of gender and religion, has been appointed as book editor of the Academy Series that is sponsored by the American Academy of Religion and published by Oxford University Press. This highly selective series is devoted to publishing books that originate as dissertations in the field of religious studies. Kamitsuka serves a four-year term in this position.

    • Elle Magazine Recognizes Courses by Margaret Kamitsuka, Anu Needham

      July 7, 2016

      The courses Theologies of Abortion (taught by Margaret Kamitsuka, Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis associate professor of religion) and Women In/and Bollywood (taught by Anu Needham, Donald R. Longman professor of English) were included in the Elle magazine article “63 College Classes That Give Us Hope for the Next Generation.” See the article on this web page.


    Faculty Members Receive Promotions

    May 15, 2019
    Eleven faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor or associate professor. We asked each about their most memorable experience and what they enjoy about being a professor.