Jessica Coblentz

Faculty Profiles

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz

Assistant Professor
Religious Studies
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
  • Suffering and the Doctrine of God
  • The communion of saints

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
  • “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.
  • “Depressive Suffering as Tragic Suffering: Theological Insights and Trajectories,” in Suffering and the Christian Life, eds. Karen Kilby and Rachel Davies (London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, December 2019), 155–162.

Professional Memberships 

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