Joy McDougall

Joy Ann McDougall

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; Interim Director of the Master of Theology Program


PhD, University of Chicago, 1998
MAR, Yale Divinity School, 1990
BA, Yale University, 1985


(404) 727-6808


In addition to teaching systematic theology at Candler since 1998, Dr. Joy Ann McDougall is an associate faculty member in the Women’s Studies Department at Emory University and the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

McDougall is the author of The Pilgrimage of Love: Moltmann on the Trinity and Christian Life (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005), and has written various articles on Trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, doctrinal issues in feminist theology, and gender and vocation in theological education. Her current research focuses on a feminist re-envisioning of sin, grace, and redemption.

In 2011, McDougall received the Mentoring for Leadership Award from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Emory University. She serves on the editorial board of the Anglican Theological Review, and the Theology Advisory Committee to the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church of America.


Pilgrimage of Love: Moltmann on the Trinity and Christian Life.  Oxford University Press, 2005


“Book Panel on Katherine Sonderegger,” in Systematic Theology, vol. 1, The Doctrine of God, in Journal of Reformed Theology 14 (2020)

“Rising with Mary: Re-visioning a Feminist Theology of the Cross and Resurrection.” The Strength of Her Witness, Orbis Books, 2016

“A Trinitarian Grammar of Sin.” The Theological Anthropology of David Kelsey, Eerdmans, 2016

“Closed Eyes and Blocked Vision: Gendering Tanner’s Theology of Sin and Grace.” The Gift of Theology: The Contribution of Kathryn Tanner, Fortress Press, 2015

Editor, “Contemporary Landscapes and New Horizons: The Changing Maps of World Christianity.” Theology Today, vol. 71 , no. 2, Sage, July 01, 2014

“The Bondage of the I/Eye? A Transnational Feminist Wager for Re-imagining the Doctrine of Sin.” Re-imagining with Christian Doctrines: Responding to Global Gender Injustices, Palgrave Press, 2014

“Christian Practices and Feminist Theological Formation: Doing Saving Work.” Contextualizing Theological Education, Chalice Press April 30, 2008

“Keeping Feminist Faith with Christian Traditions: A Look at Feminist Theology Today.” Modern Theology, vol. 24, issue 1, Blackwell Publishing, January 01, 2008

“Feminist Theology.” Oxford Handbook for Systematic Theology, Oxford University Press, 2007

“Sin–No More? A Proposal for a Feminist Theology of Sin amid Graceful Lives.” Anglican Theological Review, vol. 88, no. 2, Anglican Theological Review, April 01, 2006

Teaching grant for “Contemporary Systematic Theology,” Center of Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University

Teaching grant for “Border Crossings: Feminist Theology and Feminist Theory,” Center of Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University

Teaching grant for “Teaching Systematic Theology through the Arts,” Center of Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University

“Mentoring for Leadership Award,” President’s Commission on the Status of Women, 2010-2011.

“Re-considering a Theology of Sin and Grace in a Feminist Frame,” Wabash Center Summer Grant

Wabash Center Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Pre-Tenure Theological Faculty for “Re-visioning Sin and Forgiveness: Practicing Theology through Film,” 2003-2004.

Christian Life and Faith Sabbatical Grant, The Louisville Institute, 2002-2003.

“Contextualizing Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Christologies,” Lilly Contextual Education Grant, Candler School of Theology

Candler School of Theology Summer Research Grant, 1999-2000.

Jr. Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago, 1995-1996.

DAAD Dissertation Research Grant, Tübingen, 1994-1995.

Contemporary Anglican Theology

Contemporary Systematic Theology

Contextual Education I & II

Doctrine of God: Women’s Voices – Past and Present

Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Approaches to Christology

Global Feminist Theologies: Asian and Latin American Theologies

Introduction to Systematic Theology

The Preacher as Theologian

Theology of Jürgen Moltmann

Trinitarian Praxis: The Trinity, the Human Person, and the Christian Life