Mary K. Rudy
Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
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.
Rudy, M. K. “Review of "Body, Soul, and Bioethics," by Gilbert Meilaender.” Theology Today, vol. 54, Oct. 1997, pp. 443–443.
Rudy, M. K. “Review of "Not On My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church," by Terry Schlossberg and Elizabeth Achtemeier.” Theology Today, vol. 53, Oct. 1996, pp. 394–96.
Rudy, M. K. “’Where Two or MOre Are Gathered’: Using Gay Communities as a Model for Christian Sexual Ethics.” Theology and Sexuality, vol. 4, Mar. 1996, pp. 197–217.
Rudy, M. K. “Thinking Through the Ethics of Abortion.” Theology Today, vol. 15, July 1994, pp. 235–48.
Rudy, M. K. “The Reproduction of America.” Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 15, 1994, pp. 201–15.
Rudy, M. K. “Losing My Religion.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’S Studies, vol. 20, pp. 68–79.
Rudy, M. K. “Queer Theory and Feminism.” Women’S Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 29, pp. 195–216.
Rudy, M. K. “Ethics, Reproduction, Utopia: Gender and Childbearing in "Woman on the Edge of Time" and "The Left Hand of Darkness".” Nwsa Journal, vol. 9, pp. 22–38.
Rudy, M. K. “The Social Construction of Social Identity and the Ordination of ’Practicing’ Homosexuals: A Christian Ethical Response.” The Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 25, pp. 701–19.
Rudy, M. K. “Abortion, Grace, and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” Quarterly Review of the United Methodist Church, pp. 71–88.