Union Theological Seminary Academics


Tracy Riggle Young

Tracy Riggle Young

Social Ethics
Theological Consortium


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M.A., Union Theological Seminary, May, 2011
Concentration: Systematic Theology
Thesis: “The Future of Feminist Theological Ethics: Taking Seriously the Critics”
Advisor: James H. Cone

B.A., summa cum laude, Denison University, May, 2007
Majors: Religion, Psychology
Honors Thesis: “Desmond Tutu and James H. Cone: Theological Standpoints on Racial Injustice”
Advisor: David O. Woodyard

Study Abroad, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, 2005


Tracy Riggle Young is a second-year PhD student in the field of Social Ethics.  She holds an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Denison University.  Tracy’s academic interests include feminist theory, liberation theology, womanist pedagogy, the American Social Gospel movement, critical race theory, educational theory, and faith-based social movements.  Her own research is aimed at evaluating the state of US public education from a feminist liberationist ethical standpoint. Tracy is an alumna of Teach For America and spent two years teaching in the South Bronx prior to her graduate work.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family and friends in the New York City area.

Advisor:  Gary Dorrien


2012 Union Theological Seminary Orientation Coordinator

Academic Fellowships and Awards

Doctoral Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary, 2011-present
Joseph C. Hough, Jr. Scholarship, Union Theological Seminary, 2009-2011
Phi Beta Kappa Society, 2007
Kappa Alpha Theta Academic Scholarship, Denison University, 2007
Heritage Scholarship, Denison University, 2003-2007

Committee Work

Teach For America Alumni Committee, New York City, 2009-present
Commuter Representative, Union Theological Seminary Student Senate, 2010-2011

Professional Societies

American Academy of Religion, 2010-present
Society of Christian Ethics, 2011-present

Volunteer Work

Denison University Alumni Recruitment
Teach For America Alumni Recruitment
Street Squash Mentorship Program


Teaching Fellow, Systematic Theology 104, Union Theological Seminary, 2013.

Teaching Fellow, Systematic Theology 103, Union Theological Seminary, 2012

Teaching Fellow, Sexual Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, 2012

Teaching Assistant, Phillips Andover Academy Summer Session, 2009
World Religions

Teaching Assistant, Denison University, 2005-2007
Introduction to Theology, The Reality of God

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