Mary K. Rudy

Mary K. Rudy

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

External address: 
100 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 949-5338


Rudy's early research included reproductive ethics, religious ethics, sexuality, and feminist theory. Among publications in her early years are Sex and the Church Gender, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics (Beacon Press 1997), Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice: Moral Diversity in the Abortion Debate (Beacon Press, 1996), as well as many scholarly articles. Her last body of work focused on animals and ethics, nature, food politics, ecology, and ecofeminism. Her latest book is Loving Animals, Minnesota 2011. She also produced several essays on the subject, including “LGBTQ…Z?,” “Locavorism, Feminism, and the Question of Meat,” “On Changing the (Post) Human Subject,” and "Bestial Imaginings."  Due to a three year illness, Rudy has once again become interested in medicine, especially places where "the veil is thin," i.e., birth and death.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1993

  • M.Div., Duke University 1989

Rudy, M. K. “Subjectivity and Belief.” Literature and Theology, vol. 15, Sept. 2001, pp. 224–40.

Rudy, M. K. “Difference and Indifference: A U.S. Feminist Response to Global Politics.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 25, Jan. 2000, pp. 1051–54.

Rudy, M. K. “"Belonging and Desire," a review of Outside Belongings by Elspeth Probyn.” Cultural Studies, vol. 13, July 1999, pp. 542–43.

Rudy, M. K. “Sex, Radical Communities, and the Future of Sexual Ethics.” The Journal of Lesbian Studies, vol. 3, Jan. 1999, pp. 133–43.

Rudy, M. K. “Liberal Theory and Feminist Politics.” Women and Politics, vol. 20, 1999, pp. 33–57.

Rudy, M. K. “Review of "Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective" by Stanley Grenz.” Theology Today, vol. 55, July 1998, pp. 264–66.

Rudy, M. K. “"Belief in the Body," a review of Religion and the Body by Sarah Coakley, ed.Theology and Sexuality, Mar. 1998, pp. 64–64.