Peace and Social Justice Studies Program

Dr. Michelle Tooley


Dr. Michelle Tooley in Guatemala

The Eli Lilly Professor of Religion, Associate Professor of Peace & Social Justice

At Berea College since 2003

Contact Information:

Draper, Room 203A
Phone: (859) 985-3537
Fax: (859) 985-3906
CPO 2044

Personal Home Page

Office Hours, Spring 2015:

Mon/Wed: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Tue: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm; 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Email for an appointment on Thursday

Class Schedule:

  • AFR 186 MT (Mon/Wed: 7:00 pm – 8:50 pm)
  • AFR 386 MT (Tues: 3-4 pm, 6-7 pm; Thurs: 7-8 pm)
  • GSTR 310 D (Mon/Wed: 4:00 pm – 5:50 pm)
  • PSJ 490B MT (: N/A)
  • REL 235 (Mon/Wed: 12:40 pm – 2:30 pm)


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)

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)

Special Interests

  • Religion
  • Social Ethics
  • Public Policy, with special attention to peacemaking and economic justice
  • Migration and Human Rights
  • Peace Studies
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Feminist Ethics
  • Urban and Rural poverty

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