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Amanda Kaminski, Ph.D.

Academic Year Lecturer in Christian Spirituality

Director of Academic Advising and Support Services

B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
M.Div., Palmer Theological Seminary
M.A., International Development, Eastern University
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Phone: (510) 549-5072
Office Hours: By appointmnet, Room 329

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About the Professor

Professor Kaminski embodies a diverse skillset that prepares her uniquely for instruction in biblical and historical spirituality and for preparing seminary students with concrete management competencies and implementation strategies. With field experience in disaster relief, sustainable farming, ecotourism, leadership training, advocacy, WASH programming, spiritual formation, retreat facilitation, and conflict transformation, and with a non-profit background in six international agencies, Dr. Kaminski’s research expertise reflects a concern for dismantling systems of oppression and catalyzing Spirit-filled personal, social, and structural transformation. She completed her doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 2017. Her dissertation investigates how five nineteenth-century evangelical black and white women practiced Christian witness in the antebellum North Atlantic. Her work proposes a unitive hermeneutic of testimony in the varied texts of these authors to demonstrate how they claimed theological subjectivity, political agency, and divine ordination to public ministries with prophetic dimensions while being institutionally instructed to remain hidden in the private sphere. While race, class, and gender remain critical categories that guide Dr. Kaminski’s work, her scholarship more broadly employs historical-critical, literary, and sociological methods to investigate spiritual practices of the Christian faith. Her teaching portfolio ranges from systematic theology seminars to women’s studies in religion, skills-based courses in economic development and humanitarian aid, and topical classes in the field of spirituality. She continues to serve on an international non-profit board that seeks to reimagine and mobilize theological education in the two-thirds world and to diversify seminary curricula for preparing mission laborers in contexts of suffering and extremity. 

Courses Recently Offered

ST2014: Foundations in Theology
SPBS 2010: Biblical Spiritualities of Suffering
SPNT 2300: Epistles of Paul and Spirituality
SP 4701: Spirituality and Hermeneutics in the Writings of Female Mystics
Special Reading Course: Readings in Contextual Theology
STSR 4242: Women’s Studies in Religion Seminar (capstone course for the Certificate in Women’s Studies)

Recent Project

Between 2014 and 2016, Dr. Kaminski prepared and delivered two installations of a new archival collection featuring the professional papers of JST Professor Emerita Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM for the Santa Clara University Library, Archives and Special Collections. She then curated an exhibit called “‘Tracing the Course of Wisdom’: The Spirituality of Prophetic Obedience of Sandra M. Schneiders Illuminated by the Saint John’s Bible” in the Harrington Learning Commons Gallery at Santa Clara University Library,

In 2012, Dr. Kaminski collaborated in a research project with Bread For the World, Eastern University, and Asbury Theological Seminary to compile a repository of material on faith and advocacy for a public domain educational site,

Select Publications

  • “Teresa of Avila and Mary Ward: Spirituality and Re-imagining Mission.” In Sixteenth-Century Mission: Global Mission in the Age of Reformations. Edited by Robert L. Gallagher and Edward L. Smither. Forthcoming, 2020. 
  • “Scandalous Prayer: Lament as Protest in an Intertextual Reading of Lamentations 1-2 and Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” In Theology and Sexual Exploitation. Edited by Glenn Miles. Oxford: Regnum Press, forthcoming, 2019.