May 10, 2022
The United Lutheran Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Natalia Marandiuc’s appointment as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at its meeting today. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2022.
“Dr. Marandiuc brings a wealth of experience and broad range of research interests to the Seminary,” said its president, Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin. “On behalf of our students and the ULS community, we are excited to welcome her as the newest member of our faculty.”
Marandiuc is a constructive systematic theologian whose work intersects historical theology with feminist, gender, race, and queer theory, postcolonial migration studies, liberation hermeneutics, and psychology.
Her first book, The Goodness of Home: Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018 and won the Aldersgate Prize. She is currently working on two book projects: Love, Justice, and Thriving: to A Queer Feminist Soteriology, supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and A Theology of Human Migration: Fleeing Oppression with a Migrant Savior.
Prior to joining the faculty at ULS, Marandiuc taught at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where she also served as affiliate faculty in the Religious Studies graduate program, and at Yale Divinity School. Her teaching ranges from historical doctrinal loci to feminist, queer, and liberation theologies, theology and race, political theologies and social justice, and theological ethics.
Marandiuc co-chairs the Christian Systematic Theology Unit within the American Academy of Religion, and serves in the steering committee of AAR’s Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture unit. She is a member of the advisory board of Logia, which supports the work of women scholars in the theological academy. Marandiuc is a lay leader in the Episcopal Church (ECUSA), and often serves as liturgical assistant in her parish, while maintaining roots in the (Ana)baptist church in her native Romania.
She earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a specialization in Systematic Theology, from Yale University. She also earned a M.A. in Religion/Theology from Yale University Divinity School and a B.S. from Barry University.