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.
- Presbyterian Church (USA)
- The Ministry of Pastoral Care
- Gender, Psychology, and Pastoral Care
- In Pursuit of a Presence Open to Loss: Chaplains, Healthcare, and Biopolitics (Under Contract, Lexington Books)
Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews
- Performing in a Veil: Sia Furler, Embodied Resistance, and the Cognitive Therapeutic Bias of Pastoral Theology, Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health (forthcoming)
- From Web to Cyborg: Tracing Power in Care, Journal of Pastoral Theology, 26(1), 2016.
- Recognition and the Fleeting Glimpse of Intimacy: Tracing the Chaplain’s Response to Ungrieved Death, Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 69(1), 2015.
- “You Try to Control Me”: Yearning, Separation, and Protest in Teenage Male Spirituality, Journal of Childhood and Religion, 6(1), 2015.
- The Body as Touch: Speaking Death and Dying in Queer Theory and Religion, Pastoral Psychology, 64(5), 2015.
- Maneuvers in the Depths: The Politics of Identity in Anton Boisen’s Pastoral Care, Pastoral Psychology, 63(4), 2014.
- Jesus on H10 (Poem), Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 65(2), 2011.
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
- American Academy of Religion
- Society for Pastoral Theology
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