Jessica Coblentz

Faculty Profiles

Jessica Coblentz

Jessica Coblentz

Assistant Professor
Religious Studies


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

Areas of Expertise 

  • Catholic systematic theology
  • Feminist theologies
  • Theological anthropology
  • Soteriology
  • Theological method

Research Interests 

  • Mental health in theological perspective
  • Theologies of the body
  • Theology and the psychological sciences
  • Theological education

Courses Recently Taught 

  • RLST 101: Introducing Religious Studies
  • RLST 261: Catholic Faith and Life

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • “Catholic Fasting Literature in a Context of Body Hatred: A Feminist Critique,” Horizons (December 2019): forthcoming.
  • “The Possibilities of Grace amid Persistent Depression,” Theological Studies (September 2019): forthcoming.
  • “Depressive Suffering as Tragic Suffering: Theological Insights and Trajectories,” in Suffering and the Christian Life, eds. Karen Kilby and Rachel Davies (New York: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2019), forthcoming.
  • “Mary Daly’s The Church and the Second Sex after Fifty Years of U.S. Catholic Feminist Theology,” Theological Studies 79 no. 3 (September 2018): 543-565. Co-authored with Brianne Jacobs.
  • “Is Student Mental Health a Matter of Mission?” Journal of Catholic Higher Education 32 no. 2 (Summer 2017): 193-215. Co-authored with Christopher Staysniak.
  • “Ghosts in the Office: The Ecclesiological and Soteriological Implications of Stereotype Threat among Women in Catholic Theology” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 33 no. 1 (Spring 2017): 127-136.

Professional Memberships 

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