Prior to joining the Candler faculty in 2009, Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall worked with the refugee resettlement programs of Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and served as the lead writer for God’s Renewed Creation, a pastoral letter and foundation document for The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops.
Marshall’s work focuses on contemporary Christian ethics, with particular attention to violence, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. She is also interested in questions about gender and moral agency, and the dynamic relationship between faith, history and ethics. Marshall has edited three volumes and written three books, including most recently Parenting for a Better World (co-edited with Susanna Snyder, Chalice Press, 2022) and Introduction to Christian Ethics: Conflict, Faith, and Human Life (Westminster John Knox, 2018). She has published essays on gun violence prevention, the use of film to teach ethics, and the United Methodist response to war.
As a teacher, scholar and practitioner, Marshall strives to facilitate clarity of thought, transparent and honest discussion, mutual understanding, and respectful disagreement. She is deeply committed to fostering practices of careful moral discernment and civil conversation, especially when hot button issues are in play. In 2019, Marshall was awarded a grant from the Louisville Institute to co-direct a team of pastoral and academic researchers in exploring how the church and academy form Christian conflict workers theologically and practically.
Marshall co-convenes the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Initiative for Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. She also serves as the Co-Chair for the Religion, Social Conflict, and Peace Group of the American Academy of Religion, chairs the New American Pathways Advisory Councils, and is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics.
In 2011, Marshall received Candler’s On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award for faithful and dedicated service, and in 2013, she won the Candler Faculty Person of the Year award. In 2015, she was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award, the highest teaching award granted by the university. In 2019, Marshall received the Emory Provost’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Education, an award granted to one faculty member from each of the university’s seven graduate and professional schools.
“Theological Ethics in a World of Violent Extremism.” Teaching in a World of Violent Extremism, edited by Eleazar S. Fernandez, Wipf & Stock, 2021
“Dignity and Conflict: Religious Peacebuilding.” Value and Vulnerability: Contemporary Interfaith Dialogue on the Value and Vulnerability of Human Life, edited by Matthew Petrusek and Jonathan Rothchild, University of Notre Dame Press, 2020
“Maternal Thinking in U.S. Contexts of Gun Violence and Policy Brutality.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 40.2 (2020)
“Pacifism and the Question of Responsibility.” Political Theology, 21.3 (2020)
“Bed Rest Stinks,” in Encountering the Sacred: Feminist Reflections on Women’s Lives, T&T Clark, December 28, 2018
“Review of Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” in Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, vol. 43, issue 4, Wiley, August 27, 2018
“Baptism of the Lord: Connecting the Reading with the World” and “Epiphany: Connecting the Reading with the World,” in Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship, Westminster John Knox Press, September 25, 2018
“Theological Humility in the World of Law,” in Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 32, no. 1, 2017