Mary Nickel joined the department’s doctoral program in Religion, Ethics, and Politics in 2016. Her research considers the relationship between orthodox Christian theology and contemporary democratic theory. She is especially interested in the politics of space and theologies of embodiment. Among her recent subjects of study are: the potential contribution that the Pauline concept of koinonia offers to our understanding of corporate sin; Fidel Castro’s concurrent appropriation of Christian practices and repression of practicing Christians; and the doctrine of Christ’s real Eucharistic presence in a hyperlinked world.
Mary comes to Princeton with a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Politics & Government from Illinois State University, and a B.A. in Human Rights Studies & Philosophy from Juniata College. A section of her first master’s thesis, which examines the role of personal encounter with difference in democratic societies, was published in an edited volume in 2016.