EDS President & Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale was recently listed in Theology Degrees Online's 100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About. The website, which serves as a resource for students about theology and the various degrees offered in this field, noted Dean Ragsdale's "commitments to social and sexual justice, along with active membership in some of the most prominent social rights organizations in the country."
Dean Ragsdale has served on the national boards of The White House Project, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and as a consultant in the areas of professional ethics, organizational planning and development, advocacy training, and theological foundations of public policy advocacy.
A bivocational priest, she was vicar of St. David’s in Pepperell, Massachusetts and President of Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA until her appointment at EDS. Her faculty publications include “Not by Outrage Alone,” Dispatches from the Religious Left (Ig Publishing); “The Christian Right’s Staying Power,” with Chip Berlet, The Progressive; Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relationships (Pilgrim Press); “The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Domestic Violence Crisis,” Albany Law Review; and Building Advocacy Skills (Leader Resources). She holds a DMin from Episcopal Divinity School, a MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an AB from The College of William and Mary.