Gillian Breckenridge

Doctoral Candidate

Education

  • University of Virginia: PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture track)
  • Union Seminary in the City of New York: STM (2006)
  • University of Edinburgh: MA in Religious Studies (2005)

Dissertation

Title: "Evading the Word, Creating the Gospel: Karl Barth and Michel Foucault on the Power/Knowledge of Sin and the Task of Theology." Dissertation committee: Paul Dafydd Jones (chair), Charles Mathewes, Jennifer Geddes.

Research Interests

Christian theology; Social theory; Karl Barth; Michel Foucault; Hamartiology; Theological Epistemology; Constructions of Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Heresy; Theological Hospitality; Feminist Theologies; Liberation Theology; Black Theology; Hans Urs von Balthasar; Holy Saturday; Julian of Norwich.

Teaching

Instructor

  • History of World Christianities, Claremont School of Theology (2017)

  • Introduction to Christianity, California Lutheran University (2016)

  • Introduction to Christian Theology, University of Mary Washington (2016)

  • Contemporary Christian Theologies, University of Virginia (2015)

Teaching Assistant

  • History of Christianity II, with Dr. Karl Shuve (2012)

  • Theology, Ethics, and Medicine, with Dr. Jim Childress (2011)

  • History of Christianity II, with Dr. Kevin Hart (2011)

  • Elements of Christian Thought, with Dr. Paul D. Jones (2010)

  • Aspects of the Catholic Tradition, with Dr. Gerald Fogarty (2010)

  • Elements of Christian Thought, with Dr. Kevin Hart (2009)

Invited Lectures

  • “Christian Feminist Theology: Serene Jones’ ‘Cartographies of Grace’,” University of Virginia, graduate course (2016)

  • "The Words and Silences of Women in the Bible," St. Paul's Memorial Church, public lecture (2015)

  • "Reading Julian of Norwich in Advent," Koinonia Virginia, public lecture (2014)

  • “Theology, Money, and Liberation,” University of Mary Washington, undergraduate course (2013)

  • "Introducing Feminist Theologies," St. Paul's Memorial Church, public lecture (2012)

  • “Faith and Reason in the thought of Thomas Aquinas,” University of Virginia, undergraduate course (2011)

  • “The early thought of Martin Luther,” University of Virginia, undergraduate course (2011)

  • "Revelations of Divine Love: Julian of Norwich," St. Paul's Memorial Church, public lecture (2011)

  • “Demythologization in Rudolf Bultmann,” University of Virginia, undergraduate course (2010)

Papers presented at academic conferences

  • "'A Reality full of Declaration': Humanity as Likeness and Hope in CD III/2." Barth Graduate Student Colloquium, selected participant, held at Princeton Theological Seminary (August, 2016)

  • "Foucault, theology, and the encounter with God in the disclosure of theological privilege." Duke Graduate Conference: Encounter, held at Duke Divinity School (September 2015)

  • "We are all Paul: Reading Barth's Hamartiology through Judas' Kiss." 2015 Annual Karl Barth Conference: Karl Barth and the Gospels: Interpreting Gospel Texts, held at Princeton Theological Seminary (2015)

  • "Evading the Word, creating the gospel: Michel Foucault and the theological challenge of systemic sin.” Virginia Graduate Colloquium in Theology, Ethics, and Culture: Center or Vanishing Point? Perspectives on Religion and Theology, held at the University of Virginia (March 2015)

  • “Foucault, Barth, and the power/knowledge of the ‘all-distorting image.’” Society for the Study of Theology Postgraduate Conference: Images, Idols and Icons, held at the University of Manchester, U.K. (January 2015)

  • “Hence the Crucified Speaks the Truth: Sin as falsehood and the accusation of the Suffering Word in the theology of Karl Barth.” Duke Graduate Conference: Do Not be Silent at my Tears: Theological Perspectives on Suffering, held at Duke Divinity School (October 2014)

Fellowships

  • Skinner Fellow, University of Virginia (2010 – present)
  • Scottish Fellow, Union Seminary in the City of New York (2005 – 2006)