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New Professor of Theological Ethics Hired

Assistant Professor Léocadie Wabo Lushombo joins the JST faculty.

Assistant Professor Léocadie Wabo Lushombo joins the JST faculty.

This past year, JST conducted a successful faculty search in the area of Theological Ethics. We are pleased to announce that Léocadie Wabo Lushombo will join our faculty as Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, beginning this coming fall semester.

Assistant Professor Léocadie Wabo Lushombo comes to JST from her recently completed doctoral studies at Boston College/Theology Department. She is from Congo-Kinshasa and is a citizen of the world, having completed her master's in economics and management at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a master's in sustainable development at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, a third master's in ethics from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and an S.T.L. at the School of Theology and Ministry and Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College. She has previously taught at Boston College and at the Catholic Theological Union. Professor Lushombo has worked as a consultant and researcher in the area of political participation, governance, and gender for agencies of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, and her native Congo. She has also worked as a consultant and trainer regarding issues of environmental degradation and affordable housing programs in the Congo, Cameroon, and Peru. Professor Lushombo has also worked in financial governance and formation for the Teresian Association (Institución teresiana), an international association of lay women and men faithful in the Catholic Church, of which she is a consecrated member of its core group ("el núcleo" in Spanish, "noyau" in French). Her research has focused on bolstering political rights of women in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa from the perspective of peace, governance, and gender equality, and she has also researched rape as a weapon of war in the Eastern Congo since the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Her dissertation was titled: “Imagining an Ethics of Women’s Political Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sophialogical Hermeneutic.” During her first semester on faculty, Professor Lushombo will instruct two courses: Fundamental Moral Theology, an introductory course to Catholic moral theology, and African Theological Ethics: Development and Issues, which will critically examine the contribution of African theologies and ethics to global Christianity.