Deanna Ferree Womack

Assistant Professor of History of Religions and Multifaith Relations
Deanna Ferree Womack
Phone: 404.727.2974
    • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2015
    • ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008
    • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007
    • BA, Macalester College, 2004

    The Rev. Dr. Deanna Ferree Womack is the school’s first assistant professor of history of religions and multifaith relations, a new position created as part of the Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) Candler established in 2015 with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. In this role, she acts as the faculty liaison between Candler and Ivan Allen College and directs public programming for LAMP, which includes an annual multifaith symposium. Womack came to Candler from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she earned her MDiv, ThM and PhD.

    Womack’s research combines commitments to interreligious understanding, Christian-Muslim dialogue, and American-Arab relations. Her forthcoming book with Edinburgh University Press, Protestants, Gender, and the Arab Renaissance in Late Ottoman Syria, explores the encounters between American missionaries and Arab residents of Ottoman Syria in the pre-World War I period. In particular, it uncovers the history of Syrian women writers and preachers who navigated cultural and religious boundaries in their experiences with missionaries. 

    Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Womack spent two years in Lebanon working as a Christian educator and an associate minister. She has lectured and published widely, and is a member of the American Society of Church History, the Middle East Studies Association, the International Association for Mission Studies and the American Academy of Religion. Womack is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarship, including honors from the American Academy of Religion and the Fund for Theological Education.

    Photo credit: Kim Schmidt

    Selected publications

    • Faculty Publication
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    Chapters and Articles

    "A View from the Arabic Press, 1928: The International Missionary Conference in Jerusalem," in Exchange,, vol. 46, no.2. Brill, March 24, 2017

    "Images of Islam: American Missionary and Arab Perspectives," in Studies in World Christianity, vol. 22, no. 1. Edinburgh University Press, April 01, 2016

    "Transnational Christianity and Converging Identities: Arabic Protestant Churches in New Jersey," in Mission Studies, vol. 32, issue 2. Brill, June 01, 2015

    "The Authenticity and Authority of Islam: Rashid Rida's Response to Twentieth-Century Missionary Publications," in Social Sciences & Missions, vol. 28, issue 1-2. Brill, May 10, 2015

    "Lesslie Newbigin's Indian Interlocutors: A Study in Theological Reception," in Princeton Theological Review, vol. 18, no. 1. Princeton Theological Seminary, May 01, 2015

    Review of Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion: Two Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 25, issue 3. Taylor and Francis, July 01, 2014

    "Syrian Protestants & the Case of the Beirut Church: Re-imagining the American Missionary Encounter in Ottoman Syria," in Syrian Studies Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 1. Syrian Studies Association, June 02, 2014

    Co-Author, , "'Pick up the pearls of knowledge and adorn ourselves with the jewelry of literature': An analysis of three Arab women writers in al-Nashra al-Usbu`iyya," in Living Stones Yearbook: Christianity engages with Islam. Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust, January 01, 2014

    "Imperial Politics and Theological Practices: Comparative Transformations in Anglo-American and Russian Orthodox Missions to Syria-Palestine," in ARAM Periodical, vol. 25, no. 1-2. ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, June 01, 2013

    "Lubnani, Libanais, Lebanese: Missionary Education, Language Policy, and Identity Formation in Modern Lebanon," in Studies in World Christianity, vol. 18, issue 1. Edinburgh University Press, March 01, 2012

    Selected awards

    American Academy of Religion Status of Women in the Profession Mentoring Program, 2014-2015.

    American Academy of Religion International Dissertation Research Grant

    Preserving Protestant Heritage in the Middle East Researcher Grant, Near East School of Theology in Beirut

    David M. Stowe Research Fellowship, Yale University Divinity School

    Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship, 2004-2005.

    Robert A. Caine Memorial Prize in Religion, Macalester College

    The Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellowship

    George W. Davis Memorial Prize in Religion, Macalester College

    Samuel Robinson Award, the Presbyterian Church (USA)

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, February 14, 2017

    "Images of Islam" - Edinburgh University Press Blog, The University of Edinburgh, May 3, 2016

    "Paris, Syria, & Iraq: Talking ISIS with Youth" - The Institute for Youth Ministry Blog, Princeton Theological Seminary

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, April 5, 2016

    Selected Courses

    Global Religions and Community Engagement

    History and Practice of Christian-Muslim Relations

    Islam in America

    Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue