M. Shawn Copeland is a Professor Emerita of theology at Boston College. Her research interests converge around issues of theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history. From 1994 to 2003, Copeland was associate professor of systematic theology at Marquette University; from 1989 to 1994, she taught at Yale University Divinity School. From 1994 through 2005, she regularly taught systematic theology in the degree program at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. Copeland is a former convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president (2003-2004) of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is author of more than 80 articles, reviews, and book chapters; her more recent publications include Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (2010). Copeland holds a Ph.D. from Boston College/Andover Newton Theological School.