Dr Rachel Davies

Dr Rachel Davies

Religion and Theology. Affiliate: Medieval and Early Modern Studies

BA (Walla Walla College), MA (Heythrop, Lond.), PhD (Dunelm)

Email: rachel.davies@acu.edu.au

Rachel Davies finished her PhD with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University in 2017. er thesis examined the interaction between Bonaventure’s theological aesthetics and anthropology, reading both in light of contemporary anxieties surrounding experiences of bodily diminishment.

Rachel’s current work seeks to contextualize Mother Teresa of Calcutta within the history of Western spirituality and its sources. Her research interests include the mystical elements of medieval theology (particularly theologies of the paschal mystery), early Franciscan thought and practice, spiritual poverty, virtue, embodiment and death, and theological interpretations of suffering.

Key publications


Bonaventure, the Body, and the Aesthetics of Salvation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (forthcoming).

Karen Kilby and Rachel Davies, eds. Suffering and the Christian Life. London: T&T Clark, 2019 (forthcoming).

Book chapters

"Stop Kissing Me: Reading Mother Teresa with Bonaventure's Help." In Suffering and the Christian Life, edited by Karen Kilby and Rachel Davies. London: T&T Clark, 2019 (forthcoming).

Journal articles

"Poverty and Interiority in Mother Teresa," Theological Studies (forthcoming). 

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