Alison Downie earned her PhD in systematic
theology at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with a concentration in Christian feminist theology. Her academic interests include ecofeminist theologies, disability theologies, religious understandings of self and memoir, interfaith dialogue,
and religious themes in film.
She has published several book reviews in various journals and presented several theological papers at the Unitarian Universalist Collegium Conference and the College Theology Society. She is scheduled to present at a regional meeting of the American
Academy of Religion in March 2017. Her article, “A Spirituality of Openness: Christian Ecofeminist Perspectives and Inter-religious Dialogue” appeared in Feminist Theology 2014, Vol. 23(1): 55–70.
Downie’s work also includes 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 among those selected for the online monograph for this conference. Her article 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.