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


Evolution of Wisdom Human Distinctiveness

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