Ellen Ott Marshall

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation
Ellen Ott Marshall
Phone: 404.727.1214
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2000
    • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1996
    • MA, University of Notre Dame, 1992
    • BA, Davidson College, 1991

    Prior to joining the Candler faculty in 2009, Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall worked with the refugee resettlement programs of Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and served as the lead writer for God's Renewed Creation, a pastoral letter and foundation document for the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops. 

    Marshall’s work focuses on contemporary Christian ethics, with particular attention to violence, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, gender and moral agency, and the dynamic relationship between faith, history and ethics. She is the author of two books and the editor of one, and has published essays on welfare reform, the use of film to teach ethics, and the United Methodist response to war. Her book Christians in the Public Square (Abingdon, 2008), argues for the value of love, moral ambiguity, and theological humility in contexts of contentious debate. 

    As a teacher, scholar and practitioner, Marshall strives to facilitate clarity of thought, transparent and honest discussion, mutual understanding, and respectful disagreement. She is deeply committed to fostering practices of careful moral discernment and civil conversation, especially when hot button issues are in play.

    Marshall co-convenes the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Initiative for Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. She also serves on the steering committee for the Religion, Social Conflict and Peace Group of the American Academy of Religion, and on task forces for The United Methodist Church and the National Council of Churches. 

    In 2011, Marshall received Candler’s “On Eagle’s Wings” Excellence in Teaching Award for faithful and dedicated service, and in 2013, she won the Candler “Faculty Person of the Year” award. In 2015, she was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award, the highest teaching award granted by the university.

    Selected publications

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    "War, Revolution, and Peace in the Twenty-First Century," in Religion and Ethics in the Twenty-First Century. Anselm Academic Publishing,2013

    "Psalm 91" and "Isaiah 53:4-12," in Feasting on the Word, Year B, Additional Essays. Westminster John Knox Press,2012

    Christians in the Public Square: Faith that Transforms Politics. Abingdon Press,2008

    "A Matter of Pride: A Feminist Response to Billy Graham," in The Legacy of Billy Graham. Westminster John Knox Press,2008

    "Teaching Ethics with Film: A Course on the Moral Agency of Women," in Teaching Religion and Film. Oxford University Press,2008

    Though the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom: Toward a Responsible Theology of Christian Hope. Abingdon Press,2006

    Contributing editor,Choosing Peace through Daily Practices. Pilgrim Press,2005

    "United Methodist Witness in Times of War: Five Characteristics," in Quarterly Review, vol. 24, no. 1. General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and The United Methodist Publishing House,2004

    "Making the Most of a Good Story: Effective Use of Film as a Teaching Resource for Ethics," in Teaching Theology & Religion, vol. 6, issue 2. Wiley,2003

    "Liberation from the Welfare Trap?" in Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques. Pilgrim Press,1999

    Selected awards

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2015.

    Faculty Person of the Year Award, Candler School of Theology, 2013.

    "On Eagle's Wings" Excellence in Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology, 2011.

    Grant for "Peace and Justice Studies Consultation," Regions Committee of the American Academy of Religion, 2006-2006.

    Summer Research Grant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2002.

    College Life "Advisor Award," Elizabethtown College, 2001-2002.

    Exceptional Performance Award for teaching, research, and service, Elizabethtown College, 2001.

    Marshall worked with the refugee resettlement program of Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief before pursuing her PhD. She maintains this interest in refugee ministry today as a member of the advisory board for the Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, working with Candler’s contextual education sites in Clarkston, and volunteering with the refugee ministry of her church.

    "Resisting Interruption, Returning to the Story" - JustPeace, September 23, 2015

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 9, 2014

    "Affirmation and Accountability: Ethical Dimensions of 'That Blessed Image'" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 19, 2015

    Hear Marshall preach in Cannon Chapel via iTunes University (2010)

    Selected courses

    Conflict Transformation Skills 1 and 2

    Contemporary Christian Ethics

    Feminist and Womanist Ethics

    Introduction to Christian Ethics

    Questions of War

    Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding                               

    Voices of Nonviolence