Danielle Tumminio Hansen

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Care
Danielle Tumminio Hansen
Phone: 404-727-6322
    • PhD, Boston University, 2014
    • STM, Yale University, 2008
    • MDiv, Yale University, 2006
    • BA, Yale College, 2003

    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.

    Selected Publications

      Books

      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

      Chapters and Articles

      "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 and Human Healing and Trauma Recalled." Book Review. 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

      Selected Awards

      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