Michelle Voss Roberts

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology

Voss Roberts teaches in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies. She is the author of three book-length works in comparative theology: Dualities: A Theology of Difference (Westminster John Knox, 2010); Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014), which received the Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Religion; and Body Parts: A Theological Anthropology (Fortress Press, 2017). She is also the editor of a volume on how interreligious comparison contributes to the study of theology, Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection (Fordham University Press, 2016). Dr. Voss Roberts is the President of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies and past co-chair of the Comparative Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion.


BA, Calvin College; MTS, Emory; PhD, Emory

Religious Affiliation

United Church of Christ (ordained)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Comparative Theology
  • Theologies and Practices of Religious Pluralism
  • Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies
  • Theology and Disability
  • Readings in Queer Theology
  • Readings in Theological Anthropology
  • Christianity in India
  • Interfaith in Winston-Salem
  • Classics of Contemplative Theology
  • Celtic Spirituality and Pilgrimage to Iona


  • Body Parts: A Theological Anthropology. Forthcoming with Fortress Press.
  • Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection (editor). New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.
  • Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014.
  • Dualities: A Theology of Difference. Louisville, Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.

Select Interviews

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

  • “Embodiment, Anthropology, and Comparison: Thinking-Feeling with Non-Dual Saivism.” In How to Do Comparative Theology, ed. Francis X. Clooney and Klaus von Stosch. New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Discerning Doctrine: Interreligious Dialogue as Experiential Source of Theology.” In The Past, Present and Future of Theology of Interreligious Dialogue, ed. Terrence Merrigan and John Friday, 124-144. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
  • “Revealed Religion: Theology and the Nature of God(s).” Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Religion: Primer, ed. Jeffrey Kripal. Farmington Hills, MI: MacMillan Reference, 2016.
  • “Aesthetics in Hindu-Christian Studies: A Theological Framework,” Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 28 (2015): 3-10.
  • “Canon, Comparison, and Other Lovers.” In Erotic Faith: Desire, Suffering, and Transformation in the Incarnational Theology of Wendy Farley, ed. Mari Kim, 175-188. Sopher Press, 2014.
  • “The Rasa of Christian Theology.” Bangalore Theological Forum 45.1 (2013): 151-162.
  • “Beyond Beauty: Aesthetics and Emotion in Interreligious Dialogue.” In Women and Interreligious Dialogue, ed. Catherine Cornille and Jillian Maxey,188-208. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
  • “Tasting the Divine: The Aesthetics of Religious Emotion in Indian Christianity.” Religion 42.4 (2012): 575-595.
  • ‘“Who Is My Good Neighbor?’ Classical Indian Dance in the Prophetic Work of the Church.” Exchange 41.2 (2012): 103-119.
  • “Fear and Women’s Writing: Choosing the Better Part.” In Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion, ed. Emily A. Holmes and Wendy Farley, 11-32. Baylor University Press, 2011.
  • “‘The Body Gains Its Share’: The Asceticism of Mechthild of Magdeburg.” In Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body: Mystical Sensuality, ed. June McDaniel and Thomas Cattoi,159-174. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.
  • “Power, Gender, and the Construction of a Kashmir Śaiva Mystic.” Journal of Hindu Studies 3.3 (2010): 279-297.
  • “Religious Belonging and the Multiple.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 26.1 (2010): 43-62.
  • “Gendering Comparative Theology.”  In The New Comparative Theology: Voices from the Younger Generation, ed. Francis X. Clooney, 109-128. New York: Continuum, 2010.
  • “Retrieving Humility: Rhetoric, Authority, and Divinization in Mechthild of Magdeburg.” Feminist Theology 18.1 (September 2009): 50-73.
  • “Neither Bhukti nor Mukti: The New Sensorium in Devotional Practice.” Practical Matters (Spring 2009): online.
  • “Flowing and Crossing: The Somatic Theologies of Mechthild and Lalleśwarī.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76.3 (2008): 638-663.

Select Academic Lectures

  • “Blurry Vision as Transcendence: Lessons from Kashmir Saivism.” University of Münster, Germany. July 1, 2016.
  • “Body as Image of God: Comparative Reflections on Kashmir Saiva Anthropology.” Symposium on Divinity and the Body. Ljubljana, Slovenia. June 27, 2016.
  • “That Subtle Talent Which Holds Them Spellbound: Aesthetics and Emotion in Hindu-Christian Encounter.” Annual Lecture of the De Nobili Research Library. Vienna, Austria. June 24, 2016.
  • “Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter.” Annual Religion Department Lecture, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. March 9, 2015.
  • “Embodiment in Comparison: Thinking-Feeling with Abhinavagupta.” Methods and Criteria for Comparative Theology Conference, University of Paderborn, Germany. August 8, 2014.
  • “Bridging Impasses: From the Margins of Traditions and the Margins of a Discipline.” Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, April 12, 2013.
  • “Body Parts: How Comparative Theology Assists a Feminist View of the Human Person.” Gensler Symposium, Middlebury College, April 11, 2013.

Select Sermons, Educational Series, and Church Presentations

  • “Images of God and Spiritual Formation.”  Congregational United Church of Christ. Greensboro, NC. March-June, 2015.
  • “Interfaith Appreciation: Learning from Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus.” Lecture series for Interfaith Winston-Salem at Centenary United Methodist Church. February 2013.

Select Honors and Awards

  • American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies. 2015.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2015.
  • Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies—Theology/Philosophy (2008-2011). 2012.
  • Lindsay Young Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 2011.
  • Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award. Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 2010.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Hindu-Christian Studies
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Feminist Studies in Religion (EFSR Board)
  • Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology Journal (Board)
  • Brill Currents of Encounter Book Series (Board)

Professional Website



Email: robertmv@nullwfu.edu

Phone: 336.758.5373

Office: Wingate 203A

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