Richard Coble

Theology and Practice Extern

BA, UNC Chapel Hill; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary

Coble’s research interests include hospital chaplaincy, political theory, and psychologies and philosophies of religion. He recently defended his dissertation, “Chaplaincy in the Modern Health Care System: Presence, Dying, and Community in the Advance and Subversion of Biopolitics,” for Vanderbilt University’s Religion, Psychology, and Culture PhD program, and has come to the School of Divinity for a faculty externship as part of his Theology and Practice Fellowship. Coble also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Vanderbilt University and is a former co-chair of the Women, Gender, and Religion group for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR). He has worked in a number of clinical and ministry positions, serving as a youth minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor.

Religious Affiliation

  • Presbyterian Church (USA)

Courses Taught

  • The Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • Gender, Psychology, and Pastoral Care

Books

  • In Pursuit of a Presence Open to Loss: Chaplains, Healthcare, and Biopolitics (Under Contract, Lexington Books)

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

Select Academic Lectures

  • Sia’s Veiled Dance: Embodiment, Resistance, and Pastoral Theology’s Cognitive Therapeutic Bias, Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, October 2016.
  • In Pursuit of a Presence Open to Loss: Chaplaincy, Power, and Melancholy, Chaplains’ Research Group, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Princton, NJ, October 2016.
  • The Expansion and Retraction of Theological Education via Digital Media, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), Arizona State University, May 2016.
  • Spirituality in Chaplaincy Care: An Appreciative Autoethnographic Critique of the Individualism Thesis, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), Method and Theory in the Study of Religion Group, March 2016.
  • Chaplain as Cyborg: Negotiating Care in a Neoliberal Age, American Academy of Religion, Psychology, Culture, and Religion Group, November 2015.
  • ‘You Try to Control Me’: Spirituality, Gender Identity, and Political Commitments in Male Adolescent Rebellion, Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, May 2015.
  • Memory, Futurity, and Biopolitics in Pastoral Care, Drew Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, Drew University, September 2014.
  • The Body as Touch: Faith, Death, and Sign, Group for New Directions in Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, May 2014.
  • Desire and Adoration: The Relation between Faith and Death in Julia Kristeva and Jean-Luc Nancy, Kristeva Circle Conference, Vanderbilt University, March 2014.
  • Death and the Death-Drive: A Search for the Body in Queer Theory, American Academy of Religion, Queer Studies in Religion Group, November 2013.

Select Honors and Awards

  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholar, 2015-2016
  • Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2015-2016
  • Mellon Certificate in College Teaching, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2015.
  • Vanderbilt University, Theology and Practice Fellow, 2011-2017
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Robert B. Goodlin Award in Practical Theology, 2010
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Seminary Fellowship, 2007-2010

 Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society for Pastoral Theology