Faculty from many diverse departments and programs teach in Moravian University's Peace and Justice Studies Program.
Kelly Denton-Borhaug | Professor and Program Director, Peace and Justice Studies; Co-director Moravian Humanities Fellowship
B.A., California State University, Northridge
M.Div. with Honors, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Research interests and expertise
Cultural criticism of religion, religion, militarism and war in the U.S. context, moral injury, liberationist ethics, Christian soteriology and ethics.
Kelly Denton-Borhaug has been speaking and writing about “sacrificial U.S. war-culture” since the early 2000’s. Her latest book, And Then Your Soul Is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture, addresses the public crisis of military moral injury, and analyzes the roots of this phenomenon in U.S. war-culture.
Her first book, U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, is part of the Equinox international series on religion and violence co-edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Lisa Isherwood. She has authored many articles and book chapters.
She teaches courses in religion and ethics, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and more. She has focused on topics such as pilgrimage studies, Christian soteriology, liberationist ethics, women and film, and the nature of peace. She led the development of a unique “InFocus Global Seminar: Japan: Legacies of WWII” Mayterm course to travel with students to Japan for two weeks to study issues of war and peace, the legacy of atomic weapons, and visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki, U.S. military bases in Japan, and more.
Denton-Borhaug served as a Co-director of the InFocus Center of Investigation: War, Peace and the Just Society, and now is Executive Director of InFocus at Moravian University.
She is interested in digital humanities, teaches online, hybrid and in-person courses, and two seminar travel courses. "Latin Liberation Theology" involves travel with students to the border region between the U.S. and Mexico to study religion, ethics, immigration, and U.S. policy of the border. "Japan: Legacies of WWII" is an InFocus Global Travel Seminar course through which students learn about the history and ethics of nuclear weapons and disarmament through travel to Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto.
Denton-Borhaug was the recipient of an National Endowment of the Humanities grant to develop "What Is Peace?" with Dr. Bernie Cantens; has been a digital humanities consultant with the Consortium of Independent Colleges, has received grants through the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and received the Moravian University Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.