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Michelle Bostic

Doctoral Student


  • PhD, University of Virginia, Religious Studies (Religious Ethics) (in progress)
  • MPH, University of Virginia, Concentration: Public Health, Law, and Ethics (2022). 
    Thesis: Nuisance, Eviction, and Policing: From Carcerality to Transformative Justice
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary (2019)
  • BA, Lee University: Biblical and Theological Studies and Communications (2015)

Research Interests

Christian Ethics, Black Studies, Housing/Home, Black Feminism/Womanism, Gender and Queer Studies

Comprehensive Exams

Social, Moral, and Political Thought; Black Religious Knowledges: Ethics of Place and Space; Christian Ethics; Religion and Black Studies

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant for Religion, Ethics, and Healthcare (Fall 2023)
  • Graduate Assistant for Hoos Getting Ready Program (Summer 2023)
  • Teaching Assistant for Religion Ethics and the Global Environment (Spring 2023)
  • Teaching Assistant for Religion, Ethics, and Moral Problems (Fall 2022)
  • Graduate Assistant for Hoos Getting Ready Program (Summer 2022)
  • Teaching Assistant for Religion Ethics, and the Global Environment (Spring 2021)

Research Experience

  • Graduate Researcher at the Virginia Health Department (January 2022-June 2022)
  • Research Assistant for Gratitude to God Grant (January 2021-May 2022)
  • Research Assistant for the Black Church and HIV/AIDS project (June 2021-May 2022)
  • Research Assistant for Business Ethics (June 2021-August 2021)


  • Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar for Minority Future Scholars, National (2023)
  • Raven Honorary Society Initiate, UVA (2022)
  • Society of Fellows, UVA (2022)
  • Dean’s MPH-PhD Fellowship in Public Health, UVA (2021)
  • Doctoral Fellowship for Theological Educators, Louisville Institute (2020-2021)
  • Forum for Theological Education, Forum for Theological Exploration (2020)
  • Religion, Race, and Democracy Research Grant, UVA (2020)
  • Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship, UVA (2019)
  • Samuel Wilson Blizzard Memorial Award for the Social Ministry, PTS (2019)
  • Jean Anne Swope and James L. Mechem Award in Christian Ethics, PTS (2019)
  • Thomas W. Gillespie Grant for Working Students, PTS (2017, 2018)
  • Seminary Full Tuition Fellowship, PTS (2016-2019)
  • Centennial Gold Scholarship for Full Tuition, Lee University (2012-2014)
  • Poiema Scholarship for Ministerial Calling, Lee University (2011-2012)
  • Centennial Scholarship for Full Tuition, Lee University (2011)


  • Panelist on “Constructing Religious Infrastructures and Architectures Roundtable,” Religion and Cities Unit/Religion and Economy Unit. American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX. November 2023.
  • Panelist on “Should We Abolish the Family?: On the Relationship Between Care and the State,” Law, Religion, and Culture Unit. American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX. November 2023.
  • Lecture on Social Determinants of Health in Religion, Ethics, and the Healthcare, University of Virginia, September 27th, 2023.
  • In Conversation with Matthew Johnson on Religion and Cop City. Fellowship for Protestant Ethics, Charlottesville, VA. June 23rd, 2023.
  • Planning Committee for Climate Justice, Religion, and Democracy. Fellowship for Protestant Ethics, University of Virginia, June 22-25th, 2023.
  • Planning Committee for Myth, Modernity, and the Sacred Conference. Page-Barbour funded workshop, University of Virginia, April 27-28th, 2023.
  • Respondent to Bettina Judd’s Feelin: Creative Practice, Pleasure, and Black Feminist Thought, University of Virginia. April 4th, 2023.
  • Lecture on Environmental Justice in Religion, Ethics, and the Global Environment, University of Virginia, February 20th, 2023.
  • Invited Lecture in To Make the Wounded Whole: Religion, Trauma, and Healing, Wake Forest University. February 14th, 2023.
  • “Embodying Hope in the Midst of Crisis: A Spatial Ethic of Home.” Society of Christian Ethics Future Scholars Panel. Chicago, IL. Jan 5, 2023.
  • Invited Lecture for Seminarians for Peace and Justice at Princeton Theological Seminary. February 26, 2021.
  • Invited Lecture in Character and the Good Life: Negotiating Questions of Race, Class and Gender, Wake Forest University. October 9th, 2020.
  • Book Manuscript Panelist for Vincent Llyod’s Black Dignity at University of Virginia. Zoom, Charlottesville, Virginia. August 14, 2020.
  • “Costly Grace: Redress and Accountability” Student Panelist Slavery Audit Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary. Princeton, New Jersey. April 9, 2019.