Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Research Professor in Theology and Culture and Founding Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas.
The first Asian American woman ever to earn a doctorate in theology, her award-winning books include Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power, Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States (co-authored with Susan Thistlethwaite), Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us and Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (co-authored with Rebecca Parker). Her most recent book, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (co-authored with Gabriella Lettini), has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, and on June 13, 2014 on PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. From 1997-2001, she directed a research think-tank of outstanding professional women in the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and public service at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (formerly the Bunting Institute). She was a member of the strategic planning team for the Radcliffe-Harvard merger in 1999, and from 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.