Dartmouth University

Zahra Ayubi, Ph.D.

Zahra Ayubi is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. She specializes in ethics and gender in Islam. She is the author of Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society (Columbia University Press, 2019). She has published on Islamic medical ethics of reproductive health and neonatal intensive care. Her work centers Muslim feminist thought and Muslim women’s experiences. With support from the Greenwall Foundation’s faculty scholars program, Dr. Ayubi is currently working on a book about Muslim women’s experiences with medical ethics decision making. The project titled, “Women as Humans: Authority and Gendered Ontology in Islamic Medical Ethics,” focuses on practical medical ethics concerns of patients, care providers, and families as well as Muslim ontological, metaphysical, and existential conceptions of women.

Georgia State University

Monique Moultrie, Ph.D.

Monique Moultrie is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. Her scholarly interests include sexual ethics, African American religions, and gender and sexuality studies. She has published articles on Black Christian childfree women, Black religious media and abortion; and Black churches, sexual decision-making, and reproductive justice. Her first book Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality was the Religious Communication Association 2018 Book of the Year, and her forthcoming research on faith and black lesbian leadership will be published by Duke University Press. She has conducted trainings on Reproductive Justice and faith for Planned Parenthood, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the National Institutes of Health.

Elon University

Rev. Rebecca Todd Peters, Ph.D.

Rebecca Todd Peters is Professor of Religious Studies and Founding Director of the Poverty and Social Justice Program at Elon University. Her most recent book is Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice (Beacon Press, 2018). Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she has been active denominationally and ecumenically for more than twenty-five years and currently represents the PC(USA) as a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches. She received the 2018 Walter Wink Scholar-Activist Award from Auburn Seminary in recognition of her work on Reproductive Justice and poverty and economic justice, served as a Public Fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) from 2018-2021, and is a member of Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advocacy Board.

Rutgers University

Michal Raucher, Ph.D.

Michal Raucher is an Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. In her research, she is interested in how Jewish women in the US and Israel push boundaries, reinforce norms, and construct moral worlds. Michal has a background in bioethics, religion, and gender studies. As a Fulbright Fellow, Dr. Raucher conducted research on the reproductive ethics of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish women in Israel. Her first book, which is based on this research, was published by Indiana University Press in 2020. It is titled, Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Michal has BAs from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, an MA in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in Religious Studies from Northwestern University.

Mount Saint Mary’s University

Melissa Pagán, Ph.D.

Dr. Pagán is a lay Catholic decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University. Her areas of research include analyses of the logics of global coloniality in the increasing militarization of both physical and ideological borders between persons and issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Catholic Social Thought. Her areas of teaching include: Catholic social ethics, feminist ethics, sexual ethics, and postcolonial and decolonial theologies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), the Board of Directors for the Web Branch of Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., and is a Co-Convener of the Latina/o Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).   


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