Letitia M. Campbell

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Ethics and Society; Director of Contextual Education I and Clinical Pastoral Education
Letitia M. Campbell
Phone: 404.727.3704
    • PhD, Emory University, 2017
    • MDiv, Union Theological Seminary, 2003
    • MA (Oxon), Oxford University, 1998
    • BA, Davidson College, 1996

    The Rev. Dr. Letitia M. Campbell joined Candler in 2015 as the director of Candler’s Contextual Education I and Clinical Pastoral Education programs and the senior program coordinator of the Laney Legacy Program in Moral Leadership. She was named assistant professor in the practice of ethics and society in 2017.

    Campbell’s interests include the religion, Christian ethics, the role of religion in social movements, engaged pedagogy, and community and international development. Her current research focuses on the history of ethical debates surrounding the popular practice of Christian “mission trips.” She is also working collaboratively on a research project that explores the impact of religious activism on the movement to end human trafficking. Her 2010 article “Selling our Children,” published in Sojourners Magazine, won the Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for a Magazine News Story.

    Prior to assuming her roles at Candler, Campbell worked in Emory’s Laney Graduate School Master’s in Development Practice degree program, where she taught courses in sustainable development, coordinated community and strategic partnerships, and helped to establish the Master of Divinity-Development Practice dual degree. Before coming to Emory, she served as a visiting instructor of religious studies at Manhattan College and Columbia University and was a staff member at Auburn Theological Seminary. Campbell spent several years as a journalist, and has worked with grassroots and religious groups to develop tools for faith-based anti-poverty and anti-racism organizing. She helped organize the #KellyOnMyMind campaign to grant clemency for Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner. The campaign was honored with the Emory University Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award in 2016 for building public awareness and creating a coalition to abolish the death penalty.

    Her engagement in issues around religion and ethics extends to past and present service in organizations including Presbyterian Social Ethics Network, where she serves as co-Moderator, and the Society of Christian Ethics, and roles on the editorial board of Atlanta Studies and as a founding managing editor of the Practical Matters Journal at Emory University. Campbell has led workshops and presented at academic conferences on issues ranging from human trafficking to innovations in theological education. She has received numerous awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship and an Emory University Woodruff Fellowship. Campbell is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

    Selected awards

    Carr International Faculty Travel Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2018

    Academic Learning Community Grant, Emory University, 2016-2017

    Emory University Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, 2016, as part of the #KellyOnMyMind Campaign

    Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship, Emory University, 2011-2013

    Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012

    Social Science Research Council Religion and International Affairs Dissertation Workshop, 2011

    Woodruff Fellowship, Emory University, 2005-2010

    Traveling Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, 2003

    Auburn Scholarship, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, 1999-2003

    Rhodes Scholarship, Alabama and Oriel College, 1996

    UM News, "Poll chaplains hope to ease anxiety" (November 3, 2020)

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Atlanta Rabbi Starts an international, multifaith support system for clergy during the Coronavirus pandemic," (March 24, 2020)

    The Washington Post, "The New Sound of Worship Services: 'Can You Mute Your Mic? Amen,'" (March 20, 2020)

    “Beyond the Politics of Rescue: Organizing, Empowerment, and Harm Reduction in the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” Theological Commons Research Lecture, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, May 1, 2018

    Service of Word and Table Sermon, Candler School of Theology, January 23, 2018


    Moderator, “Beyond and Eye for an Eye,” Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty, sponsored by the Candler Social Concerns Network, February 2016

    "Vigil of Life, Light and Solidarity for Kelly Gissendaner" - Cannon Chapel, March 1, 2015

    Moderator, “Traffic Report: Panel Discussion on Legal and Religious Responses to Human Trafficking,” Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion, September 2014

    Selected Courses

    Westside Fellows Community Leadership Internship Cohort

    Moral Leadership in International Context: Travel Seminar