Department Chair:
Cynthia Chapman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Hall

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8866
Fax: (440) 775-6910

Rice Hall 316
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Margaret Kamitsuka

Margaret Kamitsuka

Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis Associate Professor of Religion
Affiliate Faculty, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Institute

Contact Information


Rice Hall 326
(440) 775-8201

Margaret Kamitsuka

Margaret Kamitsuka

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts in Religion, Yale University, 1988
  • Master of Philosophy, Yale University, 1994
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1999

Selected Publications

  • "Sexual Pleasure," in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender, ed. Adrian Thatcher (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • "Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion in the U.S.," Critical Issues in the Study of Religion and Gender 1, no. 1 (2011): 18-43
  • Editor: The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity (Fortress Press, 2010) 
  • Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • "Toward a Feminist Postmodern and Postcolonial Interpretation of Sin," Journal of Religion, Vol. 84, no. 2 (April 2004)
  • "Reading the Raced and Sexed Body in Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Repatterning White Feminist and Womanist Hermeneutics," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2003)
  • "Rejoinder: Dialogue Beyond First-Wave Feminism," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol. 19, no. 2 (Fall 2003)
  • Review of Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse, ed. Laura Donaldson & Kwok Pui-lan (Routledge, 2002) in Journal of Religion, Vol. 83, no. 2 (April 2003)