MemberBruce O'Neill

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis Unviersity. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Professor O’Neill’s first book, The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His next book project, The Roots of Urbanism, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1), Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.

MemberEllen Scheible

Ellen Scheible is Associate Professor of English at Bridgewater State University. Her research interests include Irish Studies, British modernism, modern gothic fiction, the domestic interior, and the postcolonial body. In her current work, Dr. Scheible explores representations of gender and sexuality within the discourse of homes and homelessness in Irish fiction, the role of homemaking in configurations of the nation in twentieth-century writing, and the influence of the gothic tradition on modern subjectivity. She is completing a book project tentatively titled Versions of Home in Irish Fiction.   Dr. Scheible was a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland Galway (2016). Previously, she was awarded a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship to support research in Dublin (2014). She is a BSU Commonwealth Honors Faculty Fellow and the coordinator of the Bridgewater State University Irish Studies Program. She has published on Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and others. She is co-editor of Rethinking Joyce’s Dubliners (Palgrave 2017).

MemberJanelle Peters

Dr. Peters holds degrees from the University of California, the University of Chicago, and Emory University. Her undergraduate thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded High Honors. She was one of two recipients in Religious Studies of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate studies (2004-2008). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as Biblica, JECH/APB, JSP, and Neotestamentica. She has presented at classics and religious studies conferences at universities such as Princeton and Tufts. Dr. Peters has contributed to national magazines such as America. She has taught at Dominican University, the University of St. Francis, Lake Superior State University, and Emory University. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has done environmental work with faith-based organizations (Floresta and La Jolla Presbyterian) in Oaxaca, edited the college newsletter of Revelle College at UCSD (Revellations), fed the homeless with Christian campus organizations at UCSD, served on the Education and Faith Committee of the Catholic Community at UCSD, translated business documents between French and English (San Diego, CA), tutored English and civics for Boat People SOS (Atlanta, GA), coordinated veterans and emergency preparedness programs for AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross (Chicago, IL), taught physical education at a charter school (Los Angeles, CA), worked on a political campaign (Los Angeles, CA), and coordinated research for University of California science research station.


…ford Symposium on Religious Studies UK

December 2017

A Nomadic Spirituality of Home: Pilgrimage as Homemaking
“The sense of being lost, displaced, and homeless is pervasive in contemporary culture” (Walter Brueggeman). It is the cost of survival for many women survivors of interpersonal violence. Spiritual h…

DENISE STARKEY is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at The College of St. Scholastica. She is the recipient of the 1st Benedictine Professor of General Education Award. Her academic interests include Feminist, Liberation and Political Theologies; Spirituality and Mystical Theology; Christian Ethics and Social Justice; Feminist Theory/Philosophy/Ethics; and Theology and Psychology. Denise received her Ph.D. in Constructive Theology (with highest honors) from Loyola University-Chicago. She is the author of The Shame that Lingers: A Survivor-centered Critique of Catholic Sin-talk (2009) and a contributing author to Religion and Men’s Violence Against Women (2015). Her current research explores practices of pilgrimage and multiple religious belonging in order to construct a nomadic spirituality of home for survivors of violence. She is also president of the Board of Directors of the FaithTrust Institute, a national, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence.

MemberRobert Myles

…GHT, E.M., MYLES, R.J., OLIVARES, C. The Gospel According to Matthew: The Basileia of the Heavens is Near at Hand, London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

MYLES, R.J. The Homeless Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, Social World of Biblical Antiquity Second Series, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.

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I am a New Testament scholar from New Zealand who is resident in Perth, Western Australia. I was appointed Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Wollaston Theological College from July 2021. I am also accredited with the University of Divinity. I previously taught and researched full-time at the University of Auckland (2015-2016) and Murdoch University (2017-2021). Visit my personal website here. E:

MemberTimothy Luckritz Marquis


Transient Apostle: Paul, Travel, and the Rhetoric of Empire. Synkrisis; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Articles and Essays

“Travel and Homelessness.” In Handbook to the Historical Paul. Edited by Ryan Schellenberg and Heidi Wendt. London: T&T Clark, in process.

“Travel and Itinerancy…

Pedagogy, communication, mobility I work in faculty development and instructional design with an emphasis on online and hybrid teaching and learning and intercultural engagement. I also teach Religious Studies, Christian origins, and ancient history. My research and writing explore ancient and modern itinerancy, ancient ethnicity and modern race, gender studies, and biopolitics.

MemberTracy J. Prince

…s Grandmothers of the Light.” Paula Gunn Allen: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol 202. Michigan: Gale (2005) 20-26.

“Portland’s Response to Homeless Issues and the ‘Broken Windows’ Theory.” The Portland Edge: Challenges and Successes in Growing Communities. Washington DC: Island Press (2004)….

Historian Tracy Prince, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at Portland State University’s American Indian Teacher Program (in Curriculum & Instruction), a Fulbright Specialist (Malta), and the author of numerous books. She has spent over two decades teaching in Turkey, Canada, and the United States, with extensive research time in England, Australia, South Africa, and France. She researches, teaches, and writes about race, gender, and social equity issues. Dr. Prince loves to sing, dig around in archives, and talk to folks about the olden days.

MemberStephanie Rountree

… Erdrich, Eudora Welty, and Carson McCullers. It examines literary representations of select public health policies, such as immigration disease quarantine, homelessness management, and several others. Doing so, I establish my original framework of “anteliberalism” to articulate the pre-liberal, indeed feudal…

Dr, Rountree is a teacher and scholar of U.S. literature and media with expertise in gender studies and southern studies. Her scholarship focuses on the diverse, embodied experiences of people who live in, come from, and pass through the U.S. South. Most importantly, her teaching and research privileges the inherent dignity of humanity across identities and backgrounds.