Department of Religion

Faculty Profile

Colleen Windham-Hughes, Ph.D., M.Div.

Assistant Professor, Religion

Phone: (805) 493-3238
Office: Humanities 237


At Whittier College Dr. Windham-Hughes designed an undergraduate major in Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism around her passion for the arts. A lifetime of experiences in church and at camp plus one life-changing course in Latin American Liberation Theologies in the spring of her junior year convinced her to pursue the study of religion in graduate school. Colleen completed a Master's degree in Divinity at Claremont School of Theology and shaped a doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, around interdisciplinary connections among Christian thought, practical engagement, and critical reflection. A Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Colleen's experience includes university teaching, ministries with youth, children, and adults, and curriculum development for religious studies at an elementary school in Santa Barbara, California.

Recent presentations include:

Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly

Practice Discipleship Webinar:

Sermons @ CLU

“Entry and Expulsion”

“Seeking Peace in Exile”


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010

M.Div., Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA, 2001

B.A., Theatre History and Dramatic Criticism, Whittier College, CA, 1996


Dr. Windham-Hughes is co-principal investigator of the NetVUE grant for Co-Curricular  Collaboration for Vocation in Undergraduate Student Experience 2012-14. Through this initiative staff and faculty work together to identify core commitments to vocation in Lutheran higher education; explore and narrate personal vocation alongside institutional vocation; and plan experiences in vocational exploration with students.

As Director of the program in Theology and Christian Leadership Dr. Windham-Hughes works with students, congregations, and community organizations to develop internship experiences.

Dr. Windham-Hughes's dissertation, "The Horizon of Birth," brings together philosophical inquiry into existence, theology, and political participation. In addition, Dr. Windham-Hughes teaches courses in Christian thought, religion and modernity, and religion in culture.




"Relational and Procedural Literacies in the Study of Religion," inCivility, Religious Pluralism, and Education, eds. Vincent F. Biondo and Andrew Fiala. Routledge, 2014.

"Education," in Religion and Everyday Life and Culture, Volume Two, eds. Richard D. Hecht and Vincent F. Biondo. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.


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