Julia Feder

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014–16)

Julia Feder


Ph.D., Theology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Theology, Boston College
B.A., The Catholic University of America


Julia Feder is a Catholic theologian whose research interests lie in theological anthropology, suffering, and salvation. Her first book Trauma and Salvation: A Theology of Healing will be published with Fortress Press. In this work she draws on the writings of Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and Edward Schillebeeckx (1914-2009) to construct a view of healing from sexual trauma as a mystical-political practice.

Through the Evolution of Wisdom and Human Distinctiveness projects, Julia explored connections between Schillebeeckx’s theological anthropology (particularly the role of "negative contrast experiences") and biological anthropologists’ descriptions of the centrality of symbol-making in the human niche. This research contributes to her second book, provisionally titled Symbol, Sacrament, and Suffering: Edward Schillebeeckx’s Anthropology in an Evolutionary Key.

Selected Publications

  • Feder, Julia. "Directed Toward Relationship: William Stoeger's Immanent Directionality and Edward Schilllebeeckx's Mystical Eschatology." Theological Studies 78.2 (2017): 447–61.

  • Feder, Julia, and Jonathan Marks. "Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part One: On How the Humanities Help Us Think Critically About Science." Anthropology Today ( 2016).

  • Feder, Julia, and Jonathan Marks. "Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part Two: On How Human Genetics is Biopolitical." Anthropology Today (2016).

  • Feder, Julia. "Homo Sapiens Sapiens: The Human as Homemaker." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 85–104. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.

  • Feder, Julia. "Human Suffering, Evolution, and Ecological Niches: Edward Schillebeeckx in Dialogue with Niche Construction Theology." Journal of Religion and Society Supplement 16 (2018): 150–64.

  • Feder, Julia. "The Impossible is Made Possible: Edward Schillebeeckx, Symbolic Imagination, and Eschatological Faith." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 188–216.

  • Feder, Julia. "Traumatic Violence and Christian Wisdom: Possibilities for Wounding and Healing." In Evolution of Wisdom: Major and Minor Keys, edited by Agustín Fuentes and Celia Deane-Drummond. Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, 2019.


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