Alison Downie earned her PhD in
Systematic Theology at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) with a
concentration in Christian Feminist Theology. Her academic interests include
ecofeminist theologies, disability theologies, religious understandings of self
and memoir, religious themes in literature and film, and interfaith dialogues.
She is also active in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
regularly presented papers at several academic conferences. Most recently, she
presented “Theological Anthropology and Severe Mental Illness” at the
Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion in March 2017, and
Communion of Saints in Life Writing: American Catholics Nancy Mairs and Mary
Karr” at the College Theology society in June 2017. This paper was also
selected for publication in the forthcoming annual conference proceedings
Downie’s previous publications include “A Spirituality of Openness: Christian
Ecofeminist Perspectives and Inter-religious Dialogue,” which appeared in Feminist Theology 2014, Vol. 23(1):
55–70 and several book reviews, which have appeared in various academic
Downie has earned
the Faculty Recognition Award in Content Pedagogy from IUP’s Center for
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 among those selected for the online
monograph for this conference. Her article on teaching World Religions was
featured as the lead piece in Teaching
Theology and Religious Studies 2015, Vol. 18 (3):193-206.
Downie teaches World
Religions, Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Understanding the Bible;
she also teaches upper-level seminar courses in Christian Feminist Theology and
Religious Autobiography. She is affiliated faculty for the Women’s and Gender
Studies and the Sustainability Studies programs, and serves as the advising
coordinator for the Religious Studies Department.