Peace and Social Justice Studies Program

Dr. Michelle Tooley


Dr. Michelle Tooley in Guatemala

Peace and Social Justice Studies and Eli Lilly Professor of Religion

Draper Hall, Room 203A
CPO 2044

Phone: 859-985-3537
Fax: 859-985-3906


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At Berea College since 2003

Office Hours:
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.-Monday
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- Monday
1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.-Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.-Wednesday
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.- Wednesday
Class Schedule:
PSJ 305 (Mon/Wed: 4:40 pm – 6:30 pm)
PSJ 486 MT (Tue/Thur: 8:00 am – 9:50 am)
REL 126 (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)


Originally from Texas, Michelle Tooley’s recent research and travel center around migration, from Central America to the U.S. borderlands of Arizona to Appalachia. In Kentucky, she has worked with undergraduate research projects on migration and public housing policy. Most recently, Tooley and Emily Hagood (’13) collaborated on an undergraduate research project on Latinos in Appalachia. Tooley, Ehidiamhen Akhetuahmen (’10) and Arlett Franco (’08) collaborated with a Centre College team on “Living in Hope in Kentucky: An Assessment of the Hope VI Redevelopment Project”.



  • Migration & Human Rights
  • Biblical Themes, Modern Life:  Global Violence against Women
  • Religion, Migration & Human Rights
  • Women in Religion
  • African Traditional Religion
  • Voices of Nonviolence
  • Poverty & Justice
  • Hunger in a Global Economy
  • A High Price to Pay: Women and the Global Economy
  • Foundations of Peace and Social Justice
  • Introduction to Religious Ethics
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Understandings of Christianity: Women in/and Christianity
  • Faith in Action
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Africa and the Model Africa Union: Diplomacy and Human Rights
  • Africa and the Model Africa Union: Peace and Development
  • Environmental Justice and Religion
  • Making Poverty History: Uganda and the Millennium Development Goals (travel course)
  • Journey Inward, Journey Outward: Exploring Celtic Spirituality and Social Justice (travel course)
  • Why Community: Intentional Community Life in the United States (travel course)
  •  Trade, Globalization and Poverty in Nicaragua (travel course)

Special Interests

Migration and human rights, peace studies, Christian social ethics, feminist ethics, and both urban and rural poverty

Papers and Publications

  • “Feminist Liberative Ethics” in Ethics: a Liberative Approach, edited by Miguel De La Torre (Fortress Press 2013)
  • Voices of the Voiceless:  Women, Justice, and Human Rights in Guatemala (Scottsdale, PA:  Herald Press, 1997)

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