Rosetta E. Ross, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314
REL 267 Introduction to Womanist and Feminist Theologies
REL 314 Christian Ethics
REL 317 Love and Christian Tradition
Ph.D. Emory University
M.Div. Emory University
M.A. Howard University
B.A. The College of Charleston
“Compassion and Common Sense in Private and Public Life.” This project explores the intersection of African American conceptions of “soundness of mind” with meanings of compassionate love in intimate and social settings. Alongside common sense ideas about fairness, compassion has fueled black social justice work for centuries. Compassion was a source of Abolitionism and reform work in the United States and is resurfacing as a rallying point for centrist Christian evangelicals.
Emory University , Graduate Division of Religion, Distinguished Alumnus Award
UNCF/Mellon Faculty Development Award
Association of Theological Schools Lilly Research Grant
Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellow
Coolidge Colloquium Research Fellow
“Shifting Economic, Social, and Political Paradigms: Black Christian Women Coming of Age in the Mid-Twentieth Century Rural South,” in The Peoples’ History of Christianity, Fortress Press (forthcoming).
“Lessons and Treasures in Our Mothers’ Witness: Why I Write about Black Women’s Activism ” in Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society edited by Stacey Floyd-Thomas, New York University, 2006.
“The Civil Rights Movement” in Encyclopedia of Women in Religion in America, Volume 3, edited by Rosemary Keller and Rosemary Radford Reuther, Indiana University, 2006. This encyclopedia is winner of the 2006 American Historical Association Waldo G. Leland Prize for best reference tool in history.
“Eleanor Holmes Norton,” “Marian Wright Edelman,” “Harriet Tubman” in African American Lives, Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, editors, Oxford University Press, 2004.
“Health Care and the Moral Imagination: Considering the Kind of Society We Want to Be” in New Conversations: Medical Technology and Christian Decision-Making, Special Edition edited by Ronald Cole-Turner, Fall, 2002, pp. 67-72.
“From Civil Rights to Civic Participation: Black Religion, Movement Vitalities, and Public Life” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Volume XXVIII, Numbers 1 and 2, Fall, 2000/Spring, 2001, pp. 39-77.
“Ethics 5: Feminist Ethics” in Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 2, edited by Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan, Lukas Vischer (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans-Brill, 2001).
“Religion and Public Life: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party as a Metaphor for What Love Requires” in Quarterly Review, Summer, 2000, pp. 125-139.
“Religious Responsibility and Community Service: The Activism of Victoria Way DeLee” in Unspoken Worlds:Women’s Religious Lives, edited by Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross, Wadsworth, 4th edition, 2000.
Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights (2003, Fortress Press)