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

Fulkerson, M. M. “Theologia as a liberation habitus : thoughts toward Christian formation for resistance.Theology and the Interhuman, Trinity Pr Int’l, 1995, pp. 160–80.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Feminist Theology.” The Westminister Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by D. DeVries and B. Gerrish, Westminister/John Knox Press.

Fulkerson, M. M. “Feminist Theology.” Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by D. Fergusson et al., Cambridge  University Press.