Philosophy Department

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards, PhD

Office Location

122 Payson Smith



Academic Degrees

  • PhD Theological Ethics, Boston College
  • M.T.S. Boston University School of Theology, Concentration: Theology, Philosophy and Ethics
  • M.S.W. Boston University School of Social Work, Concentration: Macro Social Work


Stephanie C. Edwards holds PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. Her interdisciplinary research is focused in bioethics, specifically the intersections of traumatic experience, religion, and communal practices of memory in response to suffering. Her interest in the world's religions is rooted in extensive travel and living abroad in post-conflict zones, particularly the former Yugoslavia and El Salvador. Alongside teaching she holds a macro-level MSW and is a practicing community organizer and non-profit consultant in Biddeford (where she's also a field education supervisor for USM's BSW program!).

Recent Publications

“Pharmaceutical Memory Modification and Christianity’s ‘Dangerous’ Memory,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (JSCE) 40, no. 1, forthcoming Spring/Summer 2020.

Stephanie C. Edwards and Kimberly Humphrey, “A Haunted Church: Ecclesial Sex Abuse and Intergenerational Trauma,” Journal of Moral Theology, Special Thematic Issue, forthcoming January 2020.

“‘In the Bone’: Race, Theological Anthropology, and Intergenerational Trauma,” in “You Say You Want a Revolution”? 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective: The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society, vol. 64, edited by Susie Paulik Babka, Elena Procario Foley and Sandra Yocum (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books), 2019. 

“Creating a Multidirectional Memory for Healing in the Former Yugoslavia,” in Healing and Peacebuilding after War: Transforming Trauma in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series, edited by Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall), edited by Marie Berry, Nancy Good and Julianne Funk (New York: Routledge), in press 2019.

Also published in Bosnian translation as: Neizliječena trauma: rad na ozdravljenju i izgradnji mira u BiH, edited by Julianne Funk and Nancy Good (Sarajevo: TPO Foundation), 2017.