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Dr. Alison Downie

Alison Downie earned her PhD in Systematic Theology at Duquesne University in 2009 with a concentration in Christian Feminist Theology. Her academic interests include ecofeminist theologies, feminist spiritualities, interfaith dialogue, and religious themes in literature and film.

She has presented papers at several annual conferences of the College Theology Society and at the Unitarian Universalist Collegium Conference. Her article, “A Spirituality of Openness: Christian Ecofeminist Perspectives and Inter-religious Dialogue” was published in FeministTheology 2014, Vol. 23(1) 55–70.

In addition to theological study, Dr. Downie also researches in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her paper on active learning in the classroom, presented at the PASSHE Fall 2012 Conference (Emerging and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success) was chosen to appear in the online monograph for this conference, accessible at   

Dr. Downie is currently collaborating with departmental colleagues to compile an anthology of religious autobiography. Courses she has taught at IUP include Introduction to Religion, World Religions, Introduction to Christianity, a seminar course in Christian Feminist Theology, Religious Autobiography, and Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Downie will also teach Introduction to Women’s Studies for the Women’s Studies program in Spring 2015. She serves as the Advising Coordinator for the Religious Studies Department.

Spring 2015

RLST 290-001
FOST 004
RLST 290-002
FOST 004
WMST 200-W01
Introduction to Women's Studies
TR  2:00–3:15 KEITH 164

Office Hours

  • M 10:00–1:00; TR 3:30-4:30; or by appointment

Contact Information

  • Religious Studies Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Room 505
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1360
  • Fax: 724-357-4039
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.