Jennifer M. McBride received her Doctorate and Masters degree in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, with a focus on theology, ethics, and culture, and her Bachelors degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Prior to McCormick, McBride served as the Board of Regents Endowed Chair in Ethics, Assistant Professor of Religion, and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wartburg College, an ELCA church-related school in Iowa (2011-2016), and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University (2008-2009). At Emory’s Candler School of Theology she served as Program Director for the Atlanta Theological Association’s Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison for Women (2009-2011).
McBride is author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010). She is President of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section and has served on its Board of Directors since 2008. Her work has appeared in popular publications like The Christian Century and CNN.com and has been featured in the New York Times.
Central to McBride’s teaching and research is the interaction of scholars and practitioners, a methodology that is implemented in her book Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel (Fortress Press, 2017). As a Virginia Seminar Writing Fellow through the University of Virginia’s Project on Lived Theology, McBride spent a year as a full time participant-observer at the Open Door Community, an intentionally interracial, residential Christian activist and worshiping community in Atlanta, Georgia, that has been engaged in mercy and justice work on behalf of the homeless and prison populations for thirty-five years. Her book is rooted in her experiences teaching theology in a women’s prison and participating in the Open Door Community.