Heike Peckruhn

Heike Peckruhn

Heike Peckruhn teaches and researches on issues and aspects concerning bodies and lived experiences, especially at the intersections of gender, sexuality, disability, and colonialism. Her courses cover a range of disciplines, including religious studies, disability studies, gender studies, ethics, and Christian theology. Peckruhn is a native of Germany and received her B.Th. in Switzerland, before coming to the U.S. to get her M.A. in counseling. She worked as a mental health counselor before getting her Ph.D. in religious and theological studies. 

She loves hiking, swimming, and spending time in her workshop turning wood bowls.

Areas of Expertise

  • Religious Studies
  • Feminist Theology
  • Feminist Ethics
  • Disability Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Gender Studies

Courses Taught

  • Theories of Religion
  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Islam
  • Sex, Love, and God (Religion and Sexuality)


  • Ph.D., University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology
  • M.A., Eastern Mennonite University
  • B.Th., Bienenberg Theological Seminary

Publications & Articles

  • Meaning in Our Bodies: Sensory Perception as Constructive Theological Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press (2017).


  • Religion and Disabilities Studies Unit of the American Academy of Religion, cochair (2016-2023)

Research Interests

  • Body studies
  • Sensory anthropology
  • Affect theory
  • Phenomenology
  • Constructive theology