Nichole R. Phillips

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture
Nichole R. Phillips
Phone: 404.727.4001
    • PhD, Vanderbilt University 2012
    • MA, Vanderbilt University, 2009
    • MDiv, Harvard University, 1999
    • BA, Wellesley College, 1993

    As a sociologist of religion and practical theologian, The Rev. Dr. Nichole R. Phillips teaches courses in community and congregational studies, stressing human diversity and social transformation. Before joining the Candler faculty in 2013, Phillips was a post-doctoral fellow in the Practical Theology and Religious Practices program at Candler in collaboration with Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. 

    Her research interests lie in the areas of religion and culture, race, ethnicity and gender, cultural anthropology with a focus on ethnographic research, and ritual performances of religion. Phillips’ first monograph probes religion, politics, American values and race as garnered from a regional study of a rural Southern community.

    Phillips’ work has been supported through fellowships and awards from the Forum for Theological Exploration, the American Academy of Religion, and most recently the Mellon Foundation. In 2013, she was named a fellow in the Emory University Mellon Foundation Humanistic Inquiry Program, which aims to foster an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic inquiries. Phillips was the first fellow appointed from Emory’s professional schools. She is also a Senior Faculty Fellow with the Center for Ethics at Emory University.

    At Candler, Phillips serves on the Black Church Studies advisory board and the International Studies committee. Within the broader community, she is a peer reviewer for Black Theology: An International Journal and Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, a member of several professional societies and community organizations, and is consistently asked to speak on issues of religion and culture. 

    Phillips is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and has served on ministerial staffs in New England and the South.

    Selected publications

      Chapters and Articles

      "The Church, #BlackLivesMatter, and #SayHerName Racial Justice and Social Movements: Towards Reaching Common Ground." The AME Church Review, CCXII, no. 4, AME Church, October 01, 2016

      "Death Unto Life: The Power of the Incarnation." Pastoral Psychology, vol. 60, issue 3, Springer US, March 01, 2011

      Selected awards

      Workshop, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Religion, and Foreign Policy Initiative

      Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics, Emory University

      Alum of the Month, The Hotchkiss School

      Mellon Foundation Humanistic Inquiry Program (HIP) Fellow, Candler School of Theology, 2013-present.

      Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Practical Theology and Religious Practices, Candler School of Theology, 2012-2013.

      Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology

      Dissertation Fellowship, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

      Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Honorable Mention List

      Center for Community Studies Grant, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

      Dissertation Fellowship, Fund for Theological Education

      "Black Christianity and Spirituality" - A Seat at the Table, Georgia Public Broadcasting, May 20, 2018

      Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, February 25, 2015

      "Redeeming Memories: From the Trauma of Collective Pasts to the Hope of Resurrection" - Candler Practical Ministries Webinars, January 29, 2015

      Selected courses

      African American Religion and Culture

      Ethnographic Research for Ministry in Congregations and Local Communities

      Memory, Culture, and Redemption

      Priestly and Prophetic: The Nature of Ritual Performance

      Genocide, Redeeming Cultural Memories, and Christian Social Witness

      Rites and Rituals: Gateways to Congregational Care