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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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 >
I’m planning a Great Gatsby theme party this summer.  I’ve long wanted to plan such a party as I live an idyllic New England community (albeit not on the Long Island Sound) where playing lawn games, drinking old fashioned drinks and dressing in 1920’s attire seem quaint rather than out of place.  My desire for such a party and the coincidence of the newly released movie are the makings of an epic summer event.  Granted, my plans for the party use Gatsby more as an excuse than a re-creation, yet I’m oddly drawn to the book. More >
Technology is most often referred to as a “tool” for teaching.  However, in a recent bi-locational, virtual class, I experienced technology as meaning maker which transformed pedagogical style, power relationships, and the overall learning experience.  Here I reflect on the various technologies used and how I understand them to contribute to the shaping of the class community.  The course was a January Term one week intensive taught by myself at Drew Theological School and Dr. Kristen Leslie at Eden Seminary in St. Louis. More >

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