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 at Chapel Hill 1972

McClintock Fulkerson, M. “Feminist theology.” The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology, edited by K. Vanhoozer, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 109–25. Manual, doi:10.1017%2FCCOL052179062X.007&rft.externalDocID=ccol052179062x_CCOL052179062XA009&paramdict=en-US<br/>[]<br/>Even. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. “"We don't see color here": a case study in ecclesial-cultural invention.” Converging on Culture, Oxford Univ Pr, 2001, pp. 140–57.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Practice.” Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation, Chalice Pr, 2000, pp. 189–98.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Grace, Christian controversy, and tolerable falsehoods.Grace upon Grace, Abingdon Pr, 1999, pp. 231–53.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Toward a materialist Christian social criticism: accommodation and culture reconsidered.” Theology & Corporate Conscience, Kirk House Publishers, 1999, pp. 106–19.

Fulkerson, M. M. 'Is there a (non-sexist) bible in this church?' A feminist case for the priority of interpretive communities. Vol. 14, 1998, pp. 225–42. Manual, doi:10.1111/1468-0025.00065. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. Contesting the gendered subject - A feminist account of the imago Dei. Edited by R. S. Chopp and S. G. Davaney, FORTRESS PRESS, 1997, pp. 99-+.

McClintock Fulkerson, M., and S. Dunlap. “Michel Foucault (1926-1984): Introduction.” The Postmodern God: A Theological Reader, edited by G. Ward, Blackwell, 1997, pp. 116–23.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Toward a materialist Christian social criticism : accommodation and culture reconsidered.Changing Conversations, Routledge, 1996, pp. 43–57.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Gender -- Being It or Doing It? The Church, Homosexuality, and the Politics of Identity.” Queerying Religious Studies, edited by G. Comstock and G. Susan Henking, Continuum, 1996, pp. 188–201.


Fulkerson, M. M. C. “Changing the subject: Feminist theology and discourse.” Literature and Theology, vol. 10, no. 2, Jan. 1996, pp. 131–47. Scopus, doi:10.1093/litthe/10.2.131. Full Text

Fulkerson, Mary McClintock. “Church Documents on Human Sexuality and the Authority of Scripture.” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, vol. 49, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Jan. 1995, pp. 46–58. Crossref, doi:10.1177/002096439504900105. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. “Gender--Being It or Doing It? The Church, Homosexuality, and the Politics of Identity.Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 47, no. 1–2, Jan. 1993, pp. 29–46.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Sexism as original sin: Developing a theacentric discourse.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 59, no. 4, Dec. 1991, pp. 653–76. Scopus, doi:10.1093/jaarel/LIX.4.653. Full Text

FULKERSON, M. M. C. “THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND THE PROBLEM OF IDENTITY.” Modern Theology, vol. 7, no. 5, Jan. 1991, pp. 465–82. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0025.1991.tb00261.x. Full Text

Fulkerson, M. M. “Contesting Feminist Canons: Discourse and the Problem of Sexist Texts.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 7, no. 2, Indiana University Press, 1991, pp. 53–73.