Faculty Profiles

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Emily H. McGowin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

On Faculty since 2018

Dr. Emily McGowin teaches theology at Wheaton College. She is also a priest and canon theologian in the Anglican diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). Her research focuses on the embodied, lived theology of regular Christians. While traditional systematic theology tends to focus on texts and the ideas they contain, she’s interested in bringing history and texts into conversation with the lived experience of Christian communities. Her first book, Quivering Families (Fortress Press, 2018) uses ethnography to explore the theology of the family at work in a segment of American evangelicalism. She is currently working on a popular-level practical theology of the family. Also, her book on the liturgical season of Christmas, in The Fullness of Time Series from IVP (edited by Dr. Esau McCaulley), will be released in 2023.

University of Dayton
Ph.D., Theology, 2015

George W. Truett Theological Seminary
M.Div., Theology, 2007

Criswell College
B.A., Biblical Studies, 2003

  • Systematic Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Theology and Gender
  • Ethnography


“Gender Roles” in Practical Questions Every Student Asks, ed. Gary Burge and David Lauber (Grand Rapids: IVP, 2020), 33-48.

Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018).

“Every Wife Has a Church in Her Home: The Family and the Church in the American Quiverfull Movement,” Ecclesial Practices, Vol. 4.1 (May 2017): 133-157.

“Praying for More: Mothers and Motherhood in the American Quiverfull Movement,” in Angels on Earth: Mothering, Religion, and Spirituality, edited by Vanessa Reimer (Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2016), 73-90.   

“Eroticism and Pain in Mechthild of Magdeburg’s The Flowing Light,” New Blackfriars, Vol. 92, Issue 1041 (2011): 607-622.

  • Ethnography and Theology
  • The Family and Ecclesiology
  • Gender and Theology
  • Lived Religion
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Christian Thought
  • Roman Catholic Theology
  • God & Evil
  • Historical Theology
  • Gender and Theology
  • Systematic Theology