Monica A. Coleman

Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions

Craig 214
(909) 447-2532
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Monica A. Coleman is a philosophical theologian who works with a process metaphysic and the black and womanist theological traditions. Her research interests include process theology, new movements in black and womanist theologies, African traditional religions (Yoruba-based traditions in the Americas), mental health and theology and religious pluralism. Dr. Coleman teaches courses on Systematic Theology, Constructive Theology, African American Religions, Metaphor in/ and Theology, Black and Womanist Theologies, Whitehead's Religious Relevance, and Sexual Violence & Faith Communities.

Coleman is a co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, and co-chair of the Black Theology Group and a member of the steering committee of the Open and Relational Theologies Consultation for the American Academy of Religion. She also serves on the board of Civic Frame, a non-profit that uses art and intellectual work to encourage civic engagement about pressing social issues.

An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she is an active ecumenist, having served as a staff minister in AME churches, interdenominational churches, and on the USA Faith and Order Commission at the National Council of Churches.


Cert. Religion, Gender and Sexuality - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
A.B. - Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges
M.Div. - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
M.A. - Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University

Recent Publications / Achievements

Ain't I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought (Fortress 2013)

Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression - a 40 Day Devotional (Inner Prizes, 2012)

Creating Women's Theology: a Movement Engaging Process Thought, co-editor with Nancy R. Howell and Helene Tallon Russell (Pickwick, 2011)

Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology (Fortress Press, 2008)

The Dinah Project (Pilgrim Press, 2004)

"Serving the Spirits: The Pan-Caribbean African-Derived Religion in Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring," Journal of Caribbean Literatures. 6.1 (Spring 2009)

"From Models of God to a Model of Gods: How Whiteheadian Metaphysics Facilitates Western Language Discussion of Divine Multiplicity," Philosophia 35.3-4 (Fall 2007) 329-340. (Fortress Press, 2008)

"Transforming to Teach: Teaching Religion to Today's Black College Student," Teaching Theology and Religion, 10.2 (Spring 2007) 95-100.

"Must I Be Womanist?" (Lead Roundtable article) Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 22.1 (Spring 2006): 85-96.

"‘The Work of Your Own Hands’: Doing Black Women's Hair as Religious Language in Gloria Naylor's Mama Day" in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 85.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2003): 121-139.

"The World At Its Best: A Process Construction of a Wesleyan Understanding of Entire Sanctification," Wesleyan Theological Journal. 37.2 (Fall 2002): 130-152.