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Theology Department

Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D.
Susan Windley-Daoust
Theology - Associate Professor, Theology - Department Chair

(507) 457-1995

Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D., is a tenured Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust received her academic degrees from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After teaching in the Theology department at the University of St. Thomas for five years, she has been part of the full-time faculty at Saint Mary’s since 2003. She has been serving as a spiritual director since 2009.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Systematic Theology, Theological Anthropology (including Theology of the Body), Spiritual Theology, Theology and Culture, Catholic Social Teaching

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Bible and Belief
Christian View of the Human Person
Catholic Social Teaching
Modernity in Dialogue with Catholicism (Honors)
Foundations in Theology (Institute in Pastoral Ministries)

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Religion
College Theology Society
Gabriel Marcel society

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1998
M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1991
B.A., Mary Washington College, 1989

Teaching Experience
2003 to Present: Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
2001 to 2003: Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
1996 to 2003: Assistant Professor of Theology, The University of St. Thomas
1993 -1995: Teaching Assistantships, Vanderbilt University

Other Professional Experience
Invited participant by the Vatican Council of Social Communication to the first international meeting on blogging and social media, Vatican City.

Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, 2011-2, The Louisville Institute (Book Project: Theology of the Body, Extended: The Spiritual Signs of Childbirth, Disability, and Death)
Resident Scholar at The Institute of Ecumenical and Cultural Research, St. John’s University,1996
Fellowship Award: Collegium Summer Institute on Faith and the Intellectual Life,1994
John H. Smith Scholarship,1992-1993
Graduate School Tuition Scholarship, 1989-1992
Honors in Religion,1989
Outstanding B.A. Graduate in Religion,1989
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Award,1988

Selected Recent Academic Presentations
“Natural Childbirth as Icon in an Iconoclastic Medical Culture,” Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion meeting, March 27, 2009.

“Why Consciousness-Raising Doesn’t Work: Virtue Theory as ‘First Moment’ Pedagogy in the Social Justice Classroom,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, November 21, 2006

Select Recent Publications
“Unto Us A Child is Given: A Christian Spirituality of Natural Childbirth,” Sojourners Magazine, December 2010.

“A Fiery Gift: A Meditation on Birth and the Spiritual Life,” America Magazine ( ), October 5, 2009. Associated America podcast interview:

“Anger Management: Looking Back on the Amish School Shooting,” Godspy (, October 3, 2007.

“Just War and Pacifism” and “Participation in Society” sidebar articles for the College Study Bible, Saint Mary’s Press, 2007

‘Putting Our Bodies On The Line’: Comparing Embodied Active Nonviolence in Engaged Buddhism and Christian ‘Body Theology’,” The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies (Vol. 15, No. 2), Fall 2006 (peer-reviewed)

“Reflection on Marcel and the Image of God.” Gabriel Marcel society newsletter, Fall 2004

Book: The Redeemed Image of God: Embodied Participation in the Unknown Divine, University Press of America, January 2003