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Susanne Johnson

Susanne Johnson

Associate Professor of Christian Education



Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Practical Theology, 1984; Phillips Theological Seminary, M.Div. 1977; Phillips University, B.A., 1972.

Teaching Specialties

Practical Theology; Christian Religious Education; Education for Social Justice; Ministry with Children.

Research Interests

Christian spiritual formation; immigration issues and practical theology; church and theology in public life; youth and adults in sociopolitical movements and faith-based community organizing; social class and intersectional issues; justice-making as a theological means of grace

Selected Publications

:: Speaking Together Differently to Live Together Differently: The Promise of the Public Dialogue Movement,” Religious Education (April 2018): 1-12.

:: Feminist practical theology and (un)making structural violence against immigrant women and families,” Revista Pistis & Praxis (Teologica E Pastoral), Curitiba, Brazil: The Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná  10:1 (2018).

:: Class Matters in an Age of Empire: A White Feminist Working-Class American Speaks, in Susanne Scholz, ed., God Loves Diversity and Justice: Progressive Scholars Speak about Faith, Politics, and the World (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013).

:: Subversive Spirituality in Youth Ministry at the Margins, in Almeda Wright and Mary Elizabeth Moore, eds, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008).

:: Remembering the Poor: Transforming Christian Practice, in Dana Wright and John D. Kuentzel, eds. Redemptive Transformation in Practical Theology: Essays in Honor of James E. Loder Jr. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004).

Professional Distinctions

Past President, the Association for Practical Theology (APT); Past President, the Religious Education Association (REA); Elected to membership in the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT).