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
- Theories of Religion
- Introduction to Religious Studies
- 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)
- Body studies
- Sensory anthropology
- Affect theory
- Constructive theology