Nichole R. Phillips

Phone: 404.727.4001

A practical theologian and social scientist of religion, The Rev. Dr. Nichole R. Phillips teaches courses in community and congregational studies, stressing human diversity and social transformation. Before joining the Candler faculty in 2013, Phillips was a post-doctoral fellow in the Practical Theology and Religious Practices program at Candler in collaboration with Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. 

Her research interests lie in the areas of religion and culture, race, ethnicity and gender, cultural anthropology with a focus on ethnographic research, and ritual performances of religion. Phillips’ first monograph probes religion, politics, American values and race as garnered from a regional study of a rural Southern community.

Phillips’ work has been supported through fellowships and awards from the Forum for Theological Exploration, the American Academy of Religion, and most recently the Mellon Foundation. In 2013, she was named a fellow in the Emory University Mellon Foundation Humanistic Inquiry Program, which aims to foster an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic inquiries. Phillips was the first fellow appointed from Emory’s professional schools.

At Candler, Phillips serves on the Black Church Studies advisory board and the International Studies committee. Within the broader community, she is a peer reviewer for Black Theology: An International Journal and Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, a member of several professional societies and community organizations, and is consistently asked to speak on issues of religion and culture. 

Phillips is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and has served on ministerial staffs in New England and the South.