Stacey Floyd-Thomas  
Associate Professor of Ethics and Society

Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences and Executive Director of both the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) and the nationally-acclaimed Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG) and serves as co-founder of the Society for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (SRER).

Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of ethics, feminist/womanist studies, Black Church studies, critical pedagogy, critical race theory, and postcolonial studies with an overall approach to the study of Christian social ethics that engages broad questions of moral agency, cultural memory, ethical responsibility and social justice. Drawing upon socio-historical methods and liberation ethics, her work in Christian social ethics has a threefold focus—race, gender, and class—and she is equally interested in the challenges of religious pluralism, social justice and the political world. She is concerned with what she calls "the why crisis" of faith. This task demands more than the conventional modes of descriptive analysis, normative interpretation, and social critique but lends itself to a “meta-ethics” that guides moral reasoning and ethics towards constructive thought that leads to visions of social justice and the common good. She considers the work of religious discourse and Christian faith to be inseparable from thinking about how to construct a justice-seeking community.

Floyd-Thomas’ research trajectory envisions the challenge for constructive ethics in making liberationist discourse and theologies more viable. This is exemplified in her numerous publications including numerous articles, book chapters, six books, namely, Mining the Motherlode: Methods in Womanist Ethics (Pilgrim Press, 2006), Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (New York University Press, 2006), and Black Church Studies: An Introduction (Abingdon Press, 2007), U. S. Liberation Theologies: An Introduction (New York University Press, 2010), Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins (Westminister John Knox Press, 2011), Beyond the Pale: Reading Theology from the Margins (Westminister John Knox Press, 2011), and two book series for which she serves as general editor: Religion and Social Transformation (NYU) and ‘Making It Plain’: Approaches in Black Church Studies (Abingdon). Her current research projects – Exodus in America: The Unlikely Alliance between White Jews and Black Christians; Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction; Making It Plain: Approaches to African American Christian Social Ethics; The Westminster John Knox Dictionary of African American Religion and Thought – continue to addre