Jennifer M. McBride (Ph.D. University of Virginia) is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary. Prior to McCormick, McBride held the Board of Regents Endowed Chair in Ethics at Wartburg College in Iowa (2011-2016) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University (2008-2009). At Emory, she served as program director for the Atlanta Theological Association’s Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison for Women (2009-2011). She founded a similar program through McCormick at Cook County Department of Corrections and serves as the academic representative of McCormick’s Solidarity Building Initiative.
McBride is author of Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel (Fortress Press, 2017), The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011), and is co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010). Her most recent essays include “Bonhoeffer and Feminist Theologies” in The Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2019) and “Bonhoeffer’s Critique of Morality: A Theological Resource for Dismantling Mass Incarceration” in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance (2020). In addition to scholarly journals and anthologies, her work has appeared in popular publications like The Christian Century and CNN.com and has been featured in The New York Times.
McBride's method of scholarship and teaching is best described as "lived theology." Lived theology, as she defines it, holds in dynamic conversation modern philosophical theology and contemporary social ethics; lessons learned from church-communities engaged in situations of social concern; and theological insights from people directed impacted by injustice. Her most recent book, Radical Discipleship, is based on her experience teaching theology in a women’s prison and participating in the Open Door Community, an intentionally interracial, residential, Christian activist and worshipping community in Atlanta, Georgia, that, for forty years, had been engaged in works of mercy and justice with people experiencing incarceration and homelessness. McBride was a professor and close friend of Kelly Gissendaner, who was the only woman on Georgia's death row until her execution in September 2015, and was a leading activist in the international #KellyOnMyMind campaign. Her current writing project, You Shall Not Condemn: Faith and Advocacy on Death Row (under contract with Cascade Books / Wipf and Stock), will publish the written correspondence between Kelly and German philosophical theologian, Jürgen Moltmann.
McBride is president of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section, has served on its Board of Directors since 2008, and has served as chair and member of the steering committee for the American Academy of Religion’s “Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis” group. She is co-editor of the T&T Clark book series, New Studies in Bonhoeffer’s Theology and Ethics.
University of Virginia, Ph.D. and MA in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture), 2008
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA in Religious Studies, 1999
Public Faith and Social Witness (T605), Ecumenical DMin
Church in the World Today (T601), DMin
Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership (M609), DMin
Thesis Residency (I648), DMin
Prisons: New Realities, New Mission (MUM 312), Masters
Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Civil Rights Travel Seminar, Masters and DMin
Introduction to Theological Reflection, Cook County Department of Corrections