Dr. Jaisy A. Joseph
Dr. Jaisy A. Joseph is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University. She received her M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD in Catholic systematic theology from Boston College. With interests primarily in ecclesiology and theological anthropology, her main areas of research involve understandings of unity and difference in the Catholic church, how these definitions have shifted over the centuries, and how erroneous expressions have wounded the bonds of communion between different peoples. These differences are not only intercultural and ecumenical, but also involve the almost-invisible ancient Eastern Catholic churches that have been present since the first centuries in North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. She is also committed to understanding how globalization and migration have brought all of these differences to the United States in the past fifty years and how these diasporas influence understandings of catholicity for the church of the third millennium.
Aside from the academy, she is very involved in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Currently, she is serving on the Archdiocescan Pastoral Council and focusing on the formation of lay leaders, issues of racial justice, and the strengthening of Catholic education. She also works with the emerging second generation of the immigrant Indian Catholic community by focusing particularly on issues of identity, domestic violence, and intergenerational healing.