Grad Profiles

Elizabeth C. Cable

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies (anticipated completion 2021)
    • Dissertation Title: “The Courage to Be Otherwise: A Neurodivergent Theology of Liberation and Survival”
    • Co-Directors: Nichole Flores and Paul Jones
  • University of Virginia - MA Religious Studies 
  • University of Georgia - BA summa cum laude, Greek and Religion

Research Interests

  • Theological and ethical reflection on human neurodivergence
  • Latin American, black, feminist, Womanist, queer, disability, and Latinx Christian liberation theologies
  • The interrelation of theology, ethics, and aesthetics
  • Modern Christian theology (especially the works of Karl Barth and Paul Tillich)

Teaching & Mentoring

  • Lecturer, University of Virginia (2020)
    • Theologies of Liberation: An exploration of Latin American, black, feminist, Womanist, queer, disability, and Latinx Christian liberation theologies
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia (2016 - 2019)
    • Theological Bioethics (Nichole Flores)
    • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Ashley Tate)
    • Spiritual but Not Religious: Spirituality in America (Matthew Hedstrom)
    • Elements of Christian Thought (Paul Jones)
    • Religion in America Since 1865 (Heather Warren)
    • Introduction to the New Testament (Janet Spittler)
  • Graduate Assistant for the Summer Transition Program, University of Virginia (2019)
  • Student Recovery Support Assistant at the UVA organization Hoos in Recovery (2018-2019)
  • Preceptor for the Reacting to the Past program, University of Georgia (2013-2014)
    • “Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.” (Christine Albright ; Celeste Condit) 
    • “Beware the Ides of March: Rome in 44 BCE,” (Christine Albright)

Awards and Honors

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia (2020-2021): Assists doctoral students who are poised to complete distinguished dissertations
  • Honorary Dissertation Fellowship, Louisville Institute at Louisville, KY (2020-2021): Granted to students whose dissertation project has the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians
  • PVI Collective Graduate Fellowship, The Power, Violence & Inequality Collective at the University of Virginia (2020): Awarded to graduate students whose proposed research is focused on violence rooted in power and inequality
  • Zora Neale Hurston Award, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia (2017): Awarded for the Best Graduate Paper in Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Classics Prize, Department of Classics at the University of Georgia (2015): Awarded 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


  • “Stirring Being with Grace: A Queer Pneumatological Disruption of 20th and 21st Century Gender Essentialism, and Its Implications for ‘God-talk’ and Theological Anthropology,” Feminist Theology (forthcoming May 2021)

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.


  • Fish-keeping (Lake Malawi peacocks and haps, betta fish, harlequin rasboras)
  • Cat-keeping
  • Reading and writing poetry