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Melissa Browning

  • Researcher, Doctoral Candidate
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • 4PublicationsNumber of items in Melissa's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 4Followers


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Christian Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. My primary research areas include Feminist theology and ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics, and HIV and AIDS. My current academic project focuses on the ways in which abstinence as a prevention method for HIV and AIDS affects African women and girls. In this project, I am completing fieldwork in Mwanza, Tanzania; Kampala, Uganda; and Kisumu, Kenya to develop a set of best practices for faith-based organizations seeking to empower women through HIV/AIDS prevention programs. As an ordained Baptist minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, I attempt to balance my academic work with my commitment to the church and the world. I have worked in relief and development with street children and refugees in in Nairobi, Kenya and have also completed academic fieldwork and study in the East Africa region. I have presented multiple papers at academic conferences and have published both academic and popular articles. I have also worked as a freelance writer on denominational and church curriculum pieces. I am currently living in Mwanza, Tanzania with my husband, Wes Browning, and our dog, Jack.

Recent publications

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Sexed Bodies: Rethinking Abstinence in Light of the African AIDS Pandemic

    • Browning M
  • The Goods and Evils of a Globalized Context: African and American Women Doing Theology

    • Ross S
    • Browning M
    • Vasko E

Professional experience

Researcher, Doctoral Candidate

Loyola University Chicago

August 2006 - Present


Ph.D. (Christian Ethics)

Loyola University Chicago

August 2006 - Present


Baylor University

August 1999 - December 2002(3 years)

B.A. Religious Studies

Gardner-Webb University

August 1995 - May 1999(4 years)

Followers (4)

Following (1)