President and Dean

The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale

The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and Dean, Professor of Theology, is an activist known for her commitment to social justice, having served on the national boards of The White House Project, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and as a consultant in the areas of professional ethics, organizational planning and development, advocacy training, and theological foundations of public policy advocacy. A bivocational priest, she was vicar of St. David’s in Pepperell, Massachusetts and President of Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA until her appointment at EDS.

Her faculty publications include “Not by Outrage Alone,” Dispatches from the Religious Left (Ig Publishing); “The Christian Right’s Staying Power,” with Chip Berlet, The Progressive; Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relationships (Pilgrim Press); “The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Domestic Violence Crisis,” Albany Law Review; and Building Advocacy Skills (Leader Resources). She holds a DMin from Episcopal Divinity School, a MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an AB from The College of William and Mary.