Shandon C. Klein

Graduate Student in Religious Ethics




Shandon C. Klein is a doctoral student at Southern Methodist University studying Religious Ethics and is currently a certified candidate for the order of Elder in the United Methodist Church. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, she gained a rich foundation in the Episcopal Church as a child through the influence of her grandmother, and her love of research bloomed at an early age with her love of the sciences. Her current research involves studying an ethic of control and an ethic of resistance, discerning the role of religion in cultivating these ethics, for better or worse, in both privileged and oppressed cultures. Shandon also serves as a lay delegate to General Conference for the United Methodist Church and was recently elected as a student representative for the board of the Society of Christian Ethics. As a womanist theological ethicist, she has a passion for bridging the gap between the “ivory towers” of the Academy and the living out of faith in Christian communities: a passion she continues to nurture in her doctoral studies.


Course Advisor:  Dr. Rebekah Miles



Klein, Shandon, “Structures of Virtue and Vice by Daniel J. Daly” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. (forthcoming 2023).




Salcedo, Abbie and Klein, Shandon. “Theological Virtues in the Anti-Black Racism Discourse of Religious Studies Professors,” American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 14, 2022.


Response to Jonathan Tran on Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism. Graduate Program of Religious Studies Ethics Colloquy for Tate Wilson Lecture, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, March 9, 2022.




2023-2025 Elected as Student Member of the Board of Directors for Society of Christian Ethics


2022 Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color Scholar, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry – United Methodist Church


2022-2024 Doctoral Fellowship, Louisville Institute


2022 Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine


2021-2026 Mustang Fellowship, Southern Methodist University


2021 The Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Flinn Senior Award, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


2021 The Charley T. and Jesse James Bible Award, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


2021 The Robert Weatherford Prize for Internship Preaching, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


2020 B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University