Dean Jan Love has announced that Danielle Tumminio Hansen will join the Candler faculty in fall 2021 as assistant professor of practical theology and spiritual care. Her appointment comes after a successful committee-led search chaired by Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture Marla F. Frederick.
Tumminio Hansen is currently assistant professor of pastoral theology and director of field education at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where her courses have focused on trauma, practical theology, and pastoral theology, with a feminist, intersectional, and anti-racist lens. She earned her master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from Yale Divinity School and her PhD from Boston University School of Theology. She has previously been a lecturer at Yale and Tufts universities and served as a chaplain and Episcopal parish priest.
Tumminio Hansen has authored multiple books in practical theology, including Conceiving Family: A Practical Theology of Surrogacy and Self (Baylor University Press, 2019), God and Harry Potter at Yale (Unlocking Press, 2010), and Expecting Jesus (Morehouse, 2014), a series of daily Advent reflections. She is also the co-editor of When Two or Three Are Gathered, an anthology of spiritual vignettes composed by a diversity of individuals throughout The Episcopal Church.
In addition to her books, Tumminio Hansen has written extensively for publications including Huffington Post and The Guardian about the intersection of popular culture and faith. She has served as a member of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board and The Episcopal Church’s Board of Examining Chaplains.
Tumminio Hansen will begin teaching in January 2022.