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Rachel Heath

Rachel A. Heath is a PhD student in theological studies and a Theology and Practice Fellow in the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University. She also serves as a graduate student member of the Religious Affairs Standing Committee (2017-2018). Her research interests center on the intersections of multiple religious belonging, theologies of multiplicity, queer and feminist thought and theologies, multifaith chaplaincy, and interfaith praxis in U.S. contexts. She holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a certificate in Religion and the Arts through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; she received a BA in both English and Theological Studies from Lee University (Cleveland, TN). Prior to doctoral studies, she worked in various capacities at the University of Chicago, including chaplaincy, academic administration, and as a coordinator of a weekly multifaith gathering for the Divinity School. She has served on the executive committee (2015-2017) for the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) and was a 2011 seminary fellow with the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). 

Recent publications:


"Multiple Religious Belonging and Theologies of Multiplicity: Confluences of Oneness and Porosity" (


"Lessons in Multifaith Chaplaincy and Feminist Thought: Making Room for Multiple Religious Belonging in Interfaith Praxis"