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Hilary Scarsella

Hilary Jerome Scarsella is completing a PhD in Religion at Vanderbilt University. Her degree is in Theological Studies, with a minor in Religion, Psychology, and Culture and a certificate in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.  She researches the intersections of religion and theology with ethics, sexual and gender-based violence, trauma studies, ritual and liturgy, and strategic building. She is a Louisville Institute Fellow, a Fellow in Protestant Ethics, and was named a 2018 Emerging Scholar by University of Virginia’s Religion and Its Publics project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Scarsella is Director of Theological Integrity Into Account, an organization that supports survivors of sexual violence in Christian-connected contexts and works toward transformative justice in communities in which sexual violence has occurred. Her research is grounded in this work and in her experience as a nonviolent solidarity worker in contexts of lethal violence, particularly the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey. Her most recent publications include a chapter on trauma, intersectional ethics, and theological anthropology in a volume published by Fordham University Press titled Trauma and Transcendence: Suffering and the Limits of Theory, and another on sexual violence and Christian ritual practices in Palgrave McMillan's volume Trauma and Lived Religion: Transcending the Ordinary. She holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. in Theology and Ethics with a concentration in Peace Studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University.