Emma DeVries

My research explores the ways theology and religious institutions have shaped modern configurations of race, colonialism, and human-environment relationships. Drawing on political theology, black feminist thought, and political ecology, my project examines the above processes as they play out in contemporary climate politics, attending to religion as a space of contestation and intervention into these systems. I collaborate on this work with with Soil & Souls, an interfaith initiative which draws on Afro-diasporic and indigenous land-based spirituality to anchor climate activism in faith communities of color in the U.S. south. They work to build climate resilience, food sovereignty, and economic security through permaculture sensibilities. I am a member of the Minnesota Praxis Lab, a working group led by Dr. Kate Derickson which centers the politics of knowledge production in our scholarly inquiry and works towards producing knowledge for social transformation (see link above).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.T.S.: Theological Studies, Duke University, 2015.
  • B.A.: Geography, Environmental Studies, Spanish, Calvin College, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Religion and ecology
  • Race and racialization
  • Environmental justice
  • Feminist geography
  • Political theology
  • Climate politics
  • Political ecology
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 1301: Our Globalizing World (TA)
  • GEOG 1403: Biogeography of the Global Garden (TA)
  • GEOG 3381: Population in an Interacting World (TA)