Shelly Rambo is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology. A theologian working in the Christian tradition, her research and teaching interests focus on religious responses to suffering, trauma, and violence. Her book, Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining (Westminster John Knox, 2010) develops a theology of the Spirit in response to the interdisciplinary study of trauma. Her work brings together postmodern literary theory, biblical hermeneutics, and contemporary Christian theology. Her current book project, Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma (Baylor University Press, 2017), explores the significance of resurrection wounds within the Christian tradition and as it meets contemporary expressions of post-traumatic life in the broader culture.
Dr. Rambo’s work at the intersection of trauma and religion has led to partnerships with chaplains and international educators in post-conflict areas. Inspired by the work of military chaplains, she was instrumental in designing Boston University School of Theology’s M.Div. track in Chaplaincy. She also serves as a faculty leader in Boston University’s Religion and Conflict Transformation program.