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

      "The Church, #BlackLivesMatter, and #SayHerName Racial Justice and Social Movements: Towards Reaching Common Ground," in The AME Church ReviewThe AME Church Review2016

      "Death Unto Life: The Power of the Incarnation," in Pastoral Psychology, vol. 60, issue 3 Springer US2011

    Selected awards

    Workshop, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Religion, and Foreign Policy Initiative, 2017.

    Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics, Emory University, 2016.

    Alum of the Month, The Hotchkiss School, 2014.

    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, 2010.

    Dissertation Fellowship, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2010.

    Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Honorable Mention List, 2010.

    Center for Community Studies Grant, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 2008.

    Dissertation Fellowship, Fund for Theological Education, 2008.

    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