Kate Common

Assistant Professor of Public and Practical Theology
Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Scholar
Kate Common
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Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Boston University School of Theology
M.A. in Theological Research, Andover Newton Theological School
B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design, Kent State University

Areas of expertise

Practical theology; feminist theology; interdisciplinary research in biblical studies; design thinking; transformational leadership; theological imagination; theopoetics.

“As a theological educator, I am passionate about teaching in a mutual learning environment where students can imagine just, sustainable, and generative change across a variety of contexts. I draw on interdisciplinary resources such as feminist, womanist, and queer theologies, design thinking, biblical studies, and theopoetics as tools to understand various theological and cultural contexts more deeply. I assist students in cultivating their voice, leadership skills, and creativity, which they can harness in church ministry, other leadership settings, and public theology forums. It is my hope to provide students with a nuanced understanding of Christianity, which can enable them to critique oppressive theologies and practices while amplifying liberating and life-giving aspects of the tradition.”

Selected published works

“Introducing design thinking & practical theology: A new interdisciplinary partnership.” Practical Matters Journal, Oct. 14, 2019. 


Dr. Common interviews ecowomanist scholars Melanie Harris and Frances Roberts-Gregory