Dr. Susan Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College, an M.T.S. from Boston College, and an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.
Her research examines the intersection of ritual and solidarity, particularly in contexts of difference, marginality, and suffering. Her dissertation, “Becoming Borderland Communities: Ritual Practice and Solidarity in Shared Parishes,” examines the role of shared liturgical practice in the cultivation of community in multicultural and multiracial Catholic parishes. The project is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted over five years at a diverse parish in urban Boston.
She has also applied her work on ritual and community to the neglected pastoral concern of prenatal loss, and she is a sought after speaker and writer on miscarriage in a theological perspective. In addition to frequent academic presentations, she offers workshops throughout the country on theology and suffering, U.S. Catholicism, migration and parish life, and young adult formation. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including New Theology Review and Exchange, in book chapters though Oxford University Press, Orbis, and Our Sunday Visitor, and in other scholarly and pastoral publications.
Prior to academic work, Susan taught middle school in Brownsville, Texas. She has more than a decade of pastoral experience in campus ministry, liturgical music ministry, and youth and young adult formation. She is married with two young daughters.