Christine Dalessio

Contact Information

Christine Falk Dalessio

Doctoral Candidate

  • Teaching Assistant

Profile

Christine's academic interests lie primarily in the mystery of communion, theological anthropology, the feminine genius, and dialog about sexual difference, embodied life, and beauty. Her early Catholic imagination was formed by Tolkien, and several Anglo-catholics: Lewis, Sayers, and L'Engle. She loves the Jersey Shore, any opportunity to travel, my husband and my two "papal" cats: Benny and Frankie.

Degrees

  • M.A., Saint Mary's University
  • B.A., Rutgers, the State University of NJ

Dissertation

Working Title:

Prophetism of the Body: Towards A More Adequate Anthropology of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body through a Feminist Hermeneutic

Director:

Jana M. Bennett, Ph.D.

Readers:

Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., Vincent Miller, Ph. D., William Portier, Ph.D., Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • REL 228: Women in the Christian Tradition (2 sections)
  • REL 103: Intro to Religious Studies and Theology (7 sections)
  • WGS 350: Feminist Social Change with Dr. Jana Bennett (1 section - Womens' and Gender Studies)

Scholarly Publications and Presentations

Publications

“The New Feminism, Prophetic Bodies and Freedom” in Woman as Prophet in the Home and the World: Interdisciplinary Investigations, edited by R. Mary Lemmons. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016, pp.65-77.

“Filled with Prophecy: The Revelatory and Representational Aspects of the Prophetism of the Body in the Mystery of Male-Female Embodiment". Listening Journal, Duquesne University Press. 2017, Forthcoming.

Presentations

September, 2016. Duke Graduate Conference in Theology Duke University, Durham, NC. “Prophetism of the Body: John Paul II’s Theological Anthropology and Body Language”

February, 2015 TheOH Conference. University of Dayton, OH. “Positive Promise in Sexual Difference: Theological Significance in Being Made Male and Female”

October, 2014. Graduate Student Conference of the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine. Mundelein Seminary, IL “The Feminine in the Ecclesiology of Henri DeLubac: A Source for Life  and Unity”

June, 2014. College Theology Society Annual Convention. St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. “Reclaiming Sainted Bodies: The Sacramentality of Female Body Language”

May, 2014. Siena Symposium for Women, Family & Culture. University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. “The New Feminism, Prophetic Bodies, and Freedom”