Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo

Earley Assistant Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies, Wake Forest University


Gandolfo is a constructive theologian whose teaching and research interests include the following themes in feminist and Latin American liberation theologies: the place of motherhood in theology and spirituality; the theological and political significance of remembering suffering; and the ecclesiology of Christian base communities in Latin America. Her first book, The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology (Fortress, 2015), draws on women’s experiences of maternity and natality to construct a theology of suffering and redemption that is anchored in the reality of human vulnerability. Her most recent publishing project was a co-edited volume entitled Practice and Source for Theology: Mothering Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017).  She is currently involved in promoting a project that lifts up the historical memory of women in ecclesial base communities of El Salvador.