Mary Fulkerson

Mary Fulkerson

Professor Emeritus of Theology

External address: 
213 Old Divinity, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3458


Professor McClintock Fulkerson’s primary teaching interests are practical theology, feminist theologies, contemporary Protestant theology, authority in theology, and ecclesiology.

Her work is published in journals such as Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Modern Theology. Her book, Changing the Subject: Women’s Discourses and Feminist Theology, examines the liberating practices of feminist academics and non-feminist church women. Her book Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church is on ecclesial practices that enable resistance to racism and other contemporary forms of social brokenness, interpreting the doctrine of the church in light of racial diversity and the differently abled. Her recent publication, The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology, is a collection of essays on feminist theology and globalization, which she co-edited with Sheila Briggs. Fulkerson’s most recent book is a volume of essays co-edited with Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Rosemary Carbine entitled Theological Perspectives on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,  published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her upcoming book is on the Eucharist and white colorblindness as racism.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor McClintock Fulkerson is a member of the national Advocacy for Women Task Force of the PC(USA). She is faculty sponsor of the Divinity School’s Sacred Worth group, a student organization for LGBT concerns, director of the Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry, and faculty sponsor of the Women's Center.

She is currently involved in the “Pauli Murray Project: Activating History for Social Change,” a Duke Human Rights Center project on racial healing and reconciliation in  Durham County through history-telling.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 1986

  • M.A., Duke University 1977

  • B.M., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 1972

Selected Grants

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Providing Competent Medical and Spiritual Care awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008

Fulkerson, M. M. C., and S. Briggs. The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology. 2011, pp. 1–608. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199273881.001.0001. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. C. Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church. 2007, pp. 1–272. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296477.001.0001. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. Changing the Subject: Women's Discourses and Feminist Theology. Fortress/Augsburg, 1994.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Redeeming Equality: Life, Liberty, and Alternatives to Obliviousness.” Theological Interpretation for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:  Public Intellectuals for the Tewnty-First Century, edited by M. M. Fulkerson et al., Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Interpreting a Situation: When is "Empirical" also "Theological?".” Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Vol. 1, William B. Eerdmans, 2012, pp. 124–44.

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “Systematic Theology.” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, edited by B. Miller-McLemore, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp. 356–66.

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “Theological Reflection and Theories of Practice: Rethinking Normative Memory as if Bodies Mattered.” Pastoral Bearings: Lived Religion and Pastoral Theology, edited by J. Maynard et al., Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010, pp. 23–41.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Feminist Theology.” Liberation Theologies in the United States: An                Introduction, edited by S. M. Floyd-Thomas and A. B. Pinn, New York University Press, 2010, pp. 209–25.

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “The Challenge of Globalized Feminism for Protestant Hermeneutics.” Reshaping Protestantism in a Global Context, edited by V. Kuster, LIT Verlag, 2009, pp. 109–20.

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “Being Nice in Church: Rituals of Propriety and the Sin of Oblivion.” Church and Religious “Other,” edited by G. Mannion, T&T Clark, 2008, pp. 168–81.

Fulkerson, M. M. C. “"They Will Know We are Christians by Our Regulated Improvisation": Ecclesial Hybridity and the Unity of the Church.” The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology, 2007, pp. 265–79. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9780470997123.ch15. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. “The imago Dei and a Reformed logic for feminist/womanist critique.” Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics, Westminster John Knox, 2006, pp. 95–106.

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “Church.” Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Approach to Classical Themes, edited by S. Jones and P. Lakeland, Fortress, 2005, pp. 201–38.


Fulkerson, M. M. “Transforming Memory: Re-membering the Eucharist.” Theology Today, vol. 70, no. 2, 2013.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Ethnography: A Gift to Theology and Ethics.” Practical Matters, vol. 6, 2013.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Receiving from the Other: Theology & Grass-Roots Organizing.” International Journal of Public Theology, vol. 6, 2012, pp. 421–34.

Shukla, M., and M. Fulkerson, MM. “Places of redemption: theology for a worldly church.” Anglican Theological Review, vol. 92, no. 3, June 2010, pp. 570–570.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson, M. M. “Womyn and the Theological Perspective.” Womyn:  The Queer Experience, 2010, pp. 20–21.

Fulkerson, M. M. “"I'm Not a Women's Libber, but...": Feminist Theologies and Non-Feminist Women.” The Ecumenist:  A Journal of Theology, Culture, and Society, vol. 1, no. 2, 2009, pp. 6–12.

McClintock Fulkerson, Mary. “Theology and the Lure of the Practical: An Overview.” Religion Compass, vol. 1, no. 2, Wiley, Mar. 2007, pp. 294–304. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1749-8171.2007.00022.x. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. C. “A place to appear: Ecclesiology as if bodies mattered.” Theology Today, vol. 64, no. 2, Jan. 2007, pp. 159–71. Scopus, doi:10.1177/004057360706400203. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. “Spiritual Geographies.” Cross Currents:  Journal of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, vol. 48, 1998, pp. 241–44.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Feminist Exploration : A Theological Proposal.International Journal of Practical Theology, vol. 2, no. 2, Jan. 1998, pp. 208–21.


Fulkerson, Mary Mcclintock. “Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation.” Interpretation a Journal of Bible and Theology, vol. 67, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 77–78.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson, M. M. Doctrine of Humanity. Westminster John Knox, 1992.