Dr. Susan Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Emory University Candler School of Theology. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College. Her research focuses on ritual and practice in diverse Catholic parishes and in other contexts of marginality. Her dissertation, Becoming Borderland Communities: Ritual Practice and Solidarity in Shared Parishes, examines the role of shared liturgical and devotional practice in the cultivation of community in diverse Catholic parishes. The project is based on fieldwork conducted over five years at a multicultural and multiracial Catholic parish in urban Boston.
Susan’s research background is in practical theology, liturgical and ritual Studies, U.S. Latino/a theology and ministry, lived religion, religious education, and ecclesiology and ethnography. She has also applied her research on ritual to the neglected pastoral concern of prenatal loss. She is a nationally sought after speaker on topics including theology and suffering, cultural diversity, young adult formation, and prayer. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed articles in journals including New Theology Review, Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context, and the College Theology Society Annual Volume; in book chapters though Oxford University Press and Our Sunday Visitor Press; and in other scholarly and pastoral publications.
Prior to academic work, Susan taught middle school in Brownsville, Texas, through the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education program. She has more than a decade of pastoral experience in college campus ministry, liturgical music ministry, and youth and young adult formation.