Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Public Theology Initiative
Areas of expertise: African American women, creativity, faith education, faith and politics, imagination, public theology, mysticism, religion, spirituality, teaching, women
Nancy Lynne Westfield is a professor of religious education and director of the Public Theology Initiative. She regularly writes about teaching and learning for The Huffington Post and blogs for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Lynne’s teaching and research are at the intersections of womanist studies, liberative pedagogy, mysticism, imagination and Black church studies. Her publications include Being Black, Teaching Black: Politics and Pedagogy in Religious Studies (editor), Black Church Studies: An Introduction (co-author) and Dear Sisters: A Womanist Practice of Hospitality, plus numerous articles and chapters. Lynne is working on her next book, Classroom as a Healing Space, and is a deacon in the United Methodist Church.