My name is Valerie Elverton Dixon, and I study. I study: ethics, war and peace, ...
Valerie Elverton Dixon, Ph.D.
Valerie Elverton Dixon is an independent scholar studying ethics, peace theory, public
discourse, and the civil rights movement. She reads these subjects through the lens of
womanist, postmodern and postcolonial thought.
She received her Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Temple University under the
direction of womanist scholar Katie Cannon. During her nearly ten years as full-time
faculty in theological education, Dr. Dixon taught Christian Ethics at United Theological
Seminary in Dayton, OH and at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre,
MA. While teaching at UTS, she served as faculty advisor to the Social Crisis Doctor of
Ministry Group and as mentor and faculty advisor of the Church and Society Doctor of
While teaching at Andover Newton, she was a faculty member of the Ph.D. seminar in
ethics at Boston College. The classes she has taught include: Womanist/Feminist Ethics,
Ethics of Peacemaking, Letter From Birmingham Jail and Deconstruction in Public
Discourse: Reading the Iraq War.
Also while teaching at Andover Newton, she served on the executive committee of the
Interreligious Center for Public Life, an interfaith organization begun by Andover Newton
and Hebrew College.
In the summer of 2005, her interest in justice and peace took her to a two-week
summer school in Israel to study nationalism and fundamentalism within the
Israel/Palestinian context. In November of 2005, she spoke to a conference on violence
against women in Cergy, France. She lectures frequently to both religious and non
She is currently working on two books: Ordinary People, Everyday Peace: Religion,
Ethics, and War and Jumping Double Dutch: Musings of a Womanist Mind at Play.
She is a committed Christian and a grateful daughter of the African-American Church