Chair

Celia Deane-Drummond is a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame where she serves as the inaugural director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flouishing. Formerly professor of theology and the biosciences at the University of Chester, her distinguished contributions to the new discipline of “ecotheology” reflect her early interest in botany and her later concentration on Christian theological studies. She also has written searchingly about the theological and ethical implications of new developments in genetics. Dr. Deane-Drummond did her first baccalaureate degree at Girton College, Cambridge, and took honors in natural sciences. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in plant physiology at Reading University in 1980 and to do post-doctoral research in botany, first at the University of British Columbia and then at Cambridge. Upon changing fields, she received a post-graduate diploma in Christian studies from Canada’s Regent College in 1983, a baccalaureate degree with honors in theology from Trinity College, Bristol, in 1989, and a Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Manchester in 1992. Dr. Deane-Drummond began her teaching career as a lecturer in botany at Durham University. She became involved with theological education through her curricular design work with the International Consultancy for Religion, Education and Culture from 1991 to 1994 at the same time she was also a visiting lecturer in theological studies at the University of Manchester. She then joined the theology and religious studies faculty at the University of Chester where she was promoted to professor in 2000 and named the founding director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences two years later. She accepted her current position in 2011, and she currently serves as a fellow of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Eck Institute for Global Health, and John Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. An elected honorary professor in theology and science at Durham, Dr. Deane-Drummond is chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, a founding fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, and an honorary fellow of the Gladstone Library. She serves on the editorial boards of the Peter Lang book series New International Studies in Applied Ethics and the T&T Clark book series Religion and the University, as well as on the editorial boards of Theology and Science and Zygon. She is an editor of Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences and a consulting editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. As a consultant to the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, she helped to shape Church policy on environmental issues. The author of more than two hundred papers published in scientific and scholarly journals and in volumes of collected works, she is the editor or co-editor of nine books, most recently: (with David Clough and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser) Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (2013), (with Ernst Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, and Denis Edwards) Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons (2014), and (with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski) Technofutures, Nature, and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, which was published last year by Ashgate. Dr. Deane-Drummond is also the author or co-author of seven other monographs, including Creation through Wisdom (2000), Genetics and Christian Ethics (2006), Christ and Evolution: Wonder and Wisdom (2009), and a work on theological anthropology in the light of science, The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming, which was published by Wm. B. Eerdmans in 2014. A new edited work, (with Sigurd Bergmann and Markus Vogt) Religion in the Anthropocene, is in press at Wipf and Stock, and another, in preparation, (with Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser) On Care for Our Common Home: Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines, will be published by Bloomsbury. In addition, she has written ten books for general audiences.