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. “Review of "Body, Soul, and Bioethics," by Gilbert Meilaender.” Theology Today, vol. 54, Oct. 1997, pp. 443–443.

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. “Radical Feminism, Lesbian Separatism, and Queer Theory.” Feminist Studies, vol. 27, pp. 191–222.

Rudy, M. K. “Elizabeth Dole and Conservative Feminist Politics.” Genders, vol. 20.

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.