Kate Ott

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Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics

Drew University, Theological School


Kate's research is in the fields of Christian social ethics, moral theology, and childhood/youth studies.  She is particularly interested in issues of sexuality, race, and global consumerism as they shape our sense of moral agency and choice.  Her recent academic and activist work place children and youth at the center of inquiry using a feminist and critical social ethics lens.  Her most recent book is Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. Dr. Ott is also co-editor of Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference and the forthcoming Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. For more information on her research and teaching visit kateott.org.

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In the past, I've shared my thoughts about celebrating Mother's Day. Today, I find myself considering very similar gender based issues on Father's Day. In a single thought, I'm not a fan of Hallmark Holidays that reinforce gender divisions. Instead, I hope we can use these moments to reflect more deeply on the moral act of parenting and raising children. Parenting, as a moral act, is best characterized as stewardship. More >
Lately, it seems the news is plagued by stories of sexism and violence related to young women and girls globablly and in the U.S.  While I think we all need to express collective outrage at such blatant and systemic acts of gender-based oppression and violence, we also need to see the daily impact of sexism all girls lives.  Similar to what Jennifer Harvey recently wrote about "girls" vs. More >
Valentine ’s Day has been civilized and capitalized, hallmarked and disneyfied, all in an attempt to clean up love and signify sexuality into a compartmentalized relationship standard, tied nicely with an over romanticized bow. As a cradle Catholic, the veneration of saints has been part of my religious heritage. I still remember elementary school projects about our patron saints. So, every year when Valentine ’s Day rolls around, I find myself wanting to remind folks that this was once “St.” Valentine’s Day. Even though, the Roman Catholic Church does not consider St. More >
Talking about sexuality AND religion for a living can be a daunting task.  These topics come with a host of stereotypes, not to mention a presumption of privacy.  Another way to describe what I do is to say that I “talk taboos.”  Now, that’s not new news for most feminists.  Speaking and writing about the silences that support discrimination, lead to violence, and masquerade as conclusive truths is part of the terrain.   More >
The Women and Religion section of the American Academy has been around for over 40 years.  As a member of the steering committee, I have been contemplating what the next 40 years will bring.  When asked to be on this particular section of AAR, I was honored.  Its history and the efforts of those who worked to found the section are influential in why I went into religious studies in the first place.  I am the beneficiary of years of research and writing as well as an activist presence of women scholars w More >

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