Rachel Bundang was born in the Philippines and grew up all over the southeastern US. She attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, earning an AB in Romance Languages and Literatures, plus certificates in both African-American Studies and European Cultural Studies.
After several years working as an educator and counselor in urban Florida and rural upstate New York, she turned to theology and religious studies to explore the connections between religion, immigration, identity, and ethics. She completed her MDiv at Harvard Divinity School and her PhD in Constructive Theologies, Praxis, and Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.
Her college teaching career began here at Santa Clara as a Bannon Postdoctoral Fellow. After other education stints elsewhere, she has since returned to teach in Religious Studies and the Graduate Program for Pastoral Ministries. Trained in cultural criticism and Christian ethics, her scholarly interests include feminist ethics and theologies, Catholic social teaching, and issues of race and religion, with a focus on Asian Pacific American religiosity. Her current projects are “Doing Ethics from the Edge of Empire” (on feminist praxis against US militarism) and “Title IX Girls in Catholic World” (on girls’ feminist formations in Church life vs popular culture). She is also a working musician, liturgist, and consultant.
Courses Taught at Santa Clara University
PMIN 215 – Catechesis and Ethics
PMIN 287 – Contemporary Issues in Moral Theology
TESP 4 – The Christian Tradition
TESP 45 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
TESP 46 – Faith, Poverty, & Justice
TESP 139R – Catholic Theology and Human Sexuality
TESP 190 – Race and Religion in Asian/Pacific America
Feminist ethics and theologies
Catholic moral theology and social teaching
Religion, theory, and popular culture
Asian/Pacific American religions
American Academy of Religion
Asian/Pacific American Religious Research Initiative
Catholic Theological Society of America
College Theology Society
Society for the Arts in Theological Studies
Society of Christian Ethics