Academics: Faculty

Rosetta E. Ross, Ph.D.

Rosetta Ross, Ph.D. Spelman CollegeProfessor of Religion
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D.
Academic Center, Room 427
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone: 404-270-5527
Fax: 404-270-5523


REL111 Introduction to the Study of Religion
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

Current Research:

Ruby Ruffin Hawkins Hurley: The Making of an Activist. This book project examines the meaning of Ruby Hurley’s NAACP work among early to mid-twentieth century black Atlantic religious and political expressions.

Recent Awards:

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

Recent Publications:

Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights, Fortress, 2003.

The Status of Racial-Ethnic Minority Clergywomen in the United Methodist Church, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2004, (with Jung Ha Kim).

Ruby Hurley, “U.S. Protestantism, and NAACP Student Work, 1940 to 1950” in From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights, ed. R. Drew Smith, State University of New York, 2013.

“Becoming a Beloved Community: An African American Perspective” in A New Dawn in Beloved Community: Stories with the Power to Transform Us, ed. Linda Lee, Abingdon, 2013.

“Overcoming Misinterpretation and Irrationality: Doing Ethics at the Intersection of Social Justice, Liberation, and Civil/Human Rights” in Religious Education, 107 no. 3 (May-June 2012): 241-245.

“Overcoming Christianization: Thoughts on Reconciling Spiritual and Intellectual Resources in African American Christianity” in Ethics that Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American Sources, ed. Marcia Y. Riggs and James Logan, Fortress, 2012.

“John Howard Yoder on Pacifism” in Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins, ed. Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas and Miguel A De La Torre, Westminster/John Knox, 2011.

“Resisting the Imperial Peace: Black Women and Self-Love,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Religion 1, no. 13.9 (December 2010).

“Theological Perspective” Advent 1, 2, and 3 in Feasting on the Word, Year C, Volume 1, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Westminster John Knox, 2009.

This text is winner of the Association of Theological Booksellers Theologus Book of the Year Award.

“For People Lacking Affordable Housing” in To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians, ed. Rebecca Todd Peters and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Westminster John Knox, 2008.

“Rural Southern Black Women in the United States” in The Peoples’ History of Christianity, Volume 7, ed. Mary Farrell Bednarowski, Fortress, 2008.

“Contextualizing Womanist/Feminist Critical Thought and Praxis” in Spotlight on Theological Education 2, no. 1 (March 2008): vii.

“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, ed. Stacey Floyd-Thomas, New York University, 2006.

“What Has Happened to Us?” with Marsha Snulligan Haney and Tumani Mutasa Nyajeka in Africentric Approaches to Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities, ed. Ronald Peters and Marsha Snulligan Haney, University Press of America, 2006.

“Christian Ethics, Responsibility, and Love” in Agora 17, no. 2 (Spring 2005): 9-11.

“Passionate Living” in The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections, ed. James A. Noel and Matthew V. Johnson, Fortress, 2005.

“Conjuring Resistance and Liberation in the Academy,” Journal of the Society for Pastoral Theology 14, no. 2, (Fall 2004): 23-30.

“H. Richard Niebuhr and the United Seminary Context: Response to James M. Gustafson” in Prism: A Theological Forum for the United Church of Christ 18, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 41-44.

“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, ed. Ronald Cole-Turner (Fall 2002): 67-72.

“From Civil Rights to Civic Participation: Black Religion, Movement Vitalities, and Public Life” in the Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center XXVIII, nos. 1 and 2 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001): 39-77.

“Religion and Public Life: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party as a Metaphor for What Love Requires” in Quarterly Review 20, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 125-139.

“Religious Responsibility and Community Service: The Activism of Victoria Way DeLee” in
Unspoken Worlds: Women’s Religious Lives, ed. Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross, Wadsworth, 4th edition, 2000.

“Mancherlei Schriftgebrauch in der Womanistischen Theologie: Eine Ubersicht der Bibelinterpretationen von Vier Schwarzen Frauen,” [“Some Uses of Scripture in Womanist Theology: An Overview of Biblical Interpretation by Four Black Women”] Transparent: Zeitschrift fur die Kritische Masse in der Rheinischen Kirche 12, no. 53 (March 1999): 16/1-16/12.

“Inverting the Pyramid: Responding to Problems of Violence, Racism, and Xenophobia in the
Lives of Women,” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center 26, no. 1 (Fall 1998): 118-139.

“Womanist Work and Public Policy: An Exploration of the Meaning of Black Women’s
Interaction with Political Institutions,” in Embracing the Spirit: Womanist Perspectives on Hope, Salvation, and Transformation, ed. Emilie Townes, Orbis, 1997.

“A Womanist Model of Responsibility: The Moral Agency of Victoria Way DeLee,” in Living Responsibly in Community, ed. Fred Glennon, Gary Hauk, and Darryl Trimiew, University Press of America, 1997.

“Reflections on Discussions of Difference in Contemporary Public Debate,” Journal of Intergroup Relations 26, no. 1 (Spring 1997): 16-21.

Encyclopedia Entries:
“Sojourner Truth,” in Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, ed. John H. Moore, Gale, 2007.

“The Civil Rights Movement” in Encyclopedia of Women in Religion in America, Volume 3, ed. Rosemary Keller and Rosemary Radford Reuther, Indiana University, 2006.

“Eleanor Holmes Norton” in African American Lives, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford, 2004.

“Marian Wright Edelman” in African American Lives, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford, 2004.

“Harriet Tubman” in African American Lives, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford, 2004.

“Feminist Ethics” in Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 2, ed. Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Milic Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan, Lukas Vischer, Eerdmans-Brill, 2000, 149-151.

“Grace” in the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies, ed. Letty Russell and Shannon Clarkson, Westminster John Knox, 1996.

Blogs and Popular Publications (Selected):

An Historic Meeting: African and African Diaspora Women Convene in Ghana for First-Ever Religion Conference,” in Religion Dispatches, July 31, 2012
Why I Will Not See The Help: A Rant” in Religion Dispatches, August 15, 2011

“Black Theology: What Is It?” Precious Times: The Magazine for Today’s Black Christian Woman, Fall, 2010, 12-13.

The Christianization of Shirley Sherrod: Christianization by Any Other Name (or Color) Smells the Same” in Religion Dispatches, July 22, 2010

“Faith, Reason, and the History of Black Churches,” Precious Times: The Magazine for Today’s Black Christian Woman, Winter, 2007, 47-49.

“Faith in the Movement: Remembering Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” Precious Times: The Magazine for Today’s Black Christian Woman 4, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 32-35.

“Sisters in the Struggle,” in The Other Side 39, no. 1 (January & February, 2003): 51, 53.

Recent Awards and Honors:

2012, United Methodist Women’s Division of International Ministries Academic Work Grant, with Evelyn Parker.
2012, Black Religious Scholars Group Womanist Legend.
2011, UNCF/Mellon Summer Residency Grant.
2010, UNCF/Mellon Archival Research Faculty Seminar/Grant.
2008, Morehouse College, Martin Luther King, Jr., International Collegium of Scholars Inductee.
2006, Emory University , Graduate Division of Religion, Distinguished Alumnus Award.
2005, UNCF/Mellon Faculty Development Award.
2000-2001, Association of Theological Schools Lilly Research Grant.
2000, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellow.
1994, Coolidge Colloquium Research Fellow.