Elizabeth Cable

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia: PhD in Religious Studies (anticipated completion date: May 2020)
  • University of Georgia: BA in Greek; BA in Religion (2015)

Research Interests

  • Feminist, womanist, black, queer, disability, and Latin American liberation theologies
  • Theological reflection on mental health conditions
  • The interrelation of theology, ethics, aesthetics, and affect studies
  • The New Testament period and Ancient Christian theology
  • Modern Christian theology (esp. the works of Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • Pneumatology, Christology, and Trinitarian reflection in relation to the task of human liberation from oppression

Teaching & Mentoring

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia
    • Theological Bioethics, Spring 2019 (Nichole Flores)
    • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Fall 2018 (Ashley Tate)
    • Spiritual but Not Religious: Spirituality in America, Spring 2018 (Matthew Hedstrom)
    • Elements of Christian Thought, Fall 2017 (Paul Jones)
    • Religion in America Since 1865, Spring 2017 (Heather Warren)
    • Introduction to the New Testament, Fall 2016 (Janet Spittler)
  • Teaching/Mentoring
    • Graduate Assistant for the Summer Transition Program, University of Virginia, July to August 2019 (Corin Fox)
  • Student Recovery Support Assistant, University of Virginia
    • Student Recovery Support Assistant at the UVA organization Hoos in Recovery, Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 (Tia Mann)
  • Preceptor for the Reacting to the Past program, University of Georgia
    • “Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.,” Fall 2013 (Christine Albright) 
    • “Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.,” Summer 2014 (Celeste Condit)
    • “Beware the Ides of March: Rome in 44 BCE,” Fall 2014 (Christine Albright)

Research Languages

  • Classical and Koine Greek
  • Classical Latin
  • German
  • French

Awards and Honors

  • Zora Neale Hurston Award for Best Graduate Paper in Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia (2017)
  • Classics Prize (2015); awarded by the Classics Department at the University of Georgia to the graduating senior who has performed at the highest level in the major as an undergraduate, and has displayed qualities of leadership while at UGA

Papers Presented

  • "The Courage to Be Otherwise: Tillich's Concepts of Anxiety & Despair as Resources for Theological Reflection on Mental Illness." 2019 Virginia Graduate Conference, "An Age of Extremism?" Charlottesville, VA, March 2019. 
  • “Assault and Grace: The Role of Aesthetic Experience in Resisting Decreation of the Self.” University of Virginia Diversifying Scholarship Conference. Charlottesville, VA, November 2018.
  • “The Wound Rising From the Lacuna: The Role of Public Monuments in Exposing Racial Wounds in American National Identity.” University of Virginia Evil, Suffering, and the Sacred Mini-Conference. Charlottesville, VA, April 2018.


  • Fish-keeping (African cichlids, South American cichlids, betta fish, harlequin rasboras, neon tetras, and snails)
  • Cat-keeping (my black cat Snickers, my white cat with gray tabby patches named Mia)
  • Traveling