Hilary Jerome Scarsella is completing a PhD in Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University where she researches the intersections of religion, psychological trauma, and sexual and gender-based violence. She is a Louisville Institute Fellow, a Fellow in Protestant Ethics, and is an Emerging Scholar of University of Virginia’s Project on Religion and Its Publics. Scarsella is Director of Theological Integrity for the sexual violence survivor advocacy organization, Into Account. She holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div in Theology and Ethics from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University.
Political theology’s prospects for contributing helpfully to movements of resistance to sexual violence depends on the willingness and ability those who contribute to political theology as a discourse to discern and prioritize the kinds of questions that are deemed most urgent by sexual violence survivors themselves and those who have devoted their work to ethically addressing this harm.