Jessica Coblentz

Faculty Profiles

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz

Assistant Professor
Religious Studies and Theology
162 Spes Unica


PhD, Boston College
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
BA, Santa Clara University

Areas of Expertise 

  • Catholic systematic theology
  • Feminist theologies
  • Theologies of suffering
  • Theological anthropology

Research Interests 

  • Mental health in theological perspective
  • Theology and the psychological sciences
  • Theologies of embodiment
  • Mary and the Saints
  • Catholic theological education

Courses Recently Taught 

  • RLST 101: Religions in Feminist Perspective
  • RLST 261: Catholic Faith and Life
  • RLST 341: How to Become a Saint
  • RLST 342: Does God Care When Women Suffer?

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression (Liturgical Press, January 2022)
  • The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Re-Examining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications (Orbis Books, May 2020); co-edited with Daniel P. Horan, OFM (Orbis Books, 2022)
  • "Was Mother Teresa Depressed? A Look at Catholic Configurations of Depression and Holiness in view of Mental Health Stigma" Journal of Disability & Religion, forthcoming
  • “Theology and the Psychological Sciences,” in T&T Clark Companion to Christian Theology & The Modern Sciences, ed. John Slattery (New York: T&T Clark: October 1, 2020), 261-274.
  • “What Can Theology Offer Psychology? Some Considerations in the Context of Depression,” Journal of Moral Theology 9, no. 1 (January 2020): 2-19.
  • “Catholic Fasting Literature in a Context of Body Hatred: A Feminist Critique,” Horizons (December 2019): 215-245.
  • “The Possibilities of Grace amid Persistent Depression” Theological Studies 80, no. 3 (September 2019): 554–571.

Professional Memberships 

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • American Academy of Religion