Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis Publishes First Book


Released on February 14, 2014, Dr. Ellis Davis' book continues with her work in breaking the cycles of domestic violence especially within the African American community. Entitled Battered African American Women: A Study of Gender Entrapment, Ellis Davis posits a daring new model for ending domestic violence. Her research seeks to engage black liberation theology and other movements intended to empower African American people who face racial injustice, and its impact on African American battered women.

Lee H. Butler, Jr., professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, says "When domestic violence takes up residency in the home, terror and acts of terrorism turn the home upside down. This book is a bold step toward the development of a comprehensive strategy for ending domestic violence...Through critical theological, sociological, and ethical reflections, Dr. Ellis Davis suggests important source materials and offers a new paradigm for saving the soul of the African American Community."

Softcover copies are available directly from the publisher for $49. Please contact the Edwin Mellen Press by phone at 716-754-2788 or by email to

Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a United Church of Christ Pastor and was ordained in 1988. She is a Retired Chicago Police Officer of 30 years and is currently assigned as one of their volunteer Police Chaplains. Sharon is a nationally recognized speaker in the field of Sexual and Domestic Violence especially as it intersects with issues of race, class, gender, and the Criminal Justice System. She is a Faculty Mentor for a Doctor of Ministry Focus Group in Sexual and Domestic Violence at United Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio. Sharon is a certified trainer in Sexual and Domestic Violence and Clergy Sexual Boundaries with the Faith Trust Institute, Seattle Washington. Sharon received her Master’s of Divinity Degree in 1988 from Chicago Theological Seminary, her Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1995 from McCormick Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2006 studying theology, ethics, and the Human Science. Her dissertation was titled, “Hear Our Cries: Breaking the Gender Entrapment of African American Battered Women".