About Nicole Symmonds, PhD

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I am a Christian social ethicist who focuses on women, gender, and sexuality, particularly the lived, embodied experience of Black women in North America. I am particularly interested in Black women’s perceptions and performance of liberation, agency, and autonomy in social structures. My current research project, Trafficking in God: Exploring Racialization in Faith-Based Commercial Sex Trade Interventions, analyzes the racialized history and practices of Evangelical mission workers committed to abolishing commercial sex work in North America. In turn, I am interested in how this work impacts the lives of Black and other non-white women engaged in the commercial sex trade.

I hold a Ph.D. from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion with a focus in Ethics & Society; a certificate from Emory’s Women’s, gender, and Sexuality Studies program, a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in theology and ethics from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Florida A&M University.

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