Danielle Tumminio Hansen

Danielle Tumminio Hansen

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Care; Director of the Chaplaincy Concentration


PhD, Boston University, 2014
STM, Yale University, 2008
MDiv, Yale University, 2006
BA, Yale College, 2003


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The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio Hansen joined the Candler faculty in 2021. Prior to arriving at Candler, she was assistant professor of pastoral theology and served as director of field education at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she taught courses on trauma, practical theology, and pastoral theology, with a feminist, intersectional, and anti-racist lens. Tumminio Hansen has been a lecturer at Yale and Tufts universities, in addition to serving as chaplain at Groton School and as a parish priest in Lexington, Lincoln, and Quincy, Massachusetts.

She is the author of several works in practical theology, namely 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 Advent daily 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.


Conceiving a Family: A Practical Theology of Surrogacy and Self, Baylor University Press, 2019

God and Harry Potter at Yale: Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom, Unlocking Press, 2010


“Temporality, Hermeneutical Injustice, and Freedom After Rape,”, published in the most recent edition of the APA (American Philosophical Association) Studies on Feminism and Philosophy. Fall, 2023

“Spiritual Friendship and Sexual Violence,” published in Claiming God: Essays in Honor of Marilyn McCord Adams

“Remembering Rape in Heaven: A Constructive Proposal for Memory and the Eschatological Self,” in Modern Theology. September, 2020

“Absent a Word: How the Language of Sexual Harm Keeps Survivors Silent,” in Journal of Pastoral Theology. Summer, 2020

“Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World.” Book Review. Anglican Theological Review. Spring, 2011

“Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self.” Book Review. Practical Matters Journal. Spring, 2011

“Divine Worship; Human Healing and Trauma Recalled.” Book Reviews. The Christian Century.Summer, 2011

“Psalm 112: Theological Perspective,” in Feasting on the Word. Westminster John Knox Press. Online supplement. Summer, 2010

“Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry.” Book Review. BTI (Boston Theological Institute) Magazine. Ed. Rodney Petersen. October, 2010

“Reflections on God and Harry Potter,” in Hog’s Head Conversations: Brilliant Essays on Harry Potter. Zossima Press. July, 2009

Conant Grant Recipient to study intersectionality and sexual violence, with specific attention to the experience of minoritized populations in cases of sexual violence, 2020

Wabash Digital Salon Early Career participant, 2020

Conant Grant Recipient to study the relationship between sexual violence and language, 2019

Selected by Texas Writer’s League for their Advanced Craft of Fiction Workshop, 2019

Luce Foundation co-participant to study contemporary issues in chaplaincy, 2018

Lily Foundation grant through Boston University Center for Practical Theology to pursue dissertation qualitative interview research with Episcopal clergy to discover their theology of third party reproduction, 2013

Springboard grant through Boston University School of Theology to speak at the International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation (Jerusalem, Israel), 2012

Springboard grant through Boston University School of Theology to speak at the Infinitus Symposium (Orlando, Florida) , 2010

Springboard grant through Boston University to attend The Parliament of the World’s Religions (Melbourne, Australia), 2009

Lilly Grant for studies in practical theology through Boston University, 2008-2010

In the media

October 6, 2021

Becoming a parent through surrogacy can have ethical challenges—but it is a positive experience for some

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