Cooey teaches courses in the history of Christian traditions, Christianity and
Culture, and theory of religion. Her latest book "Willing the Good: Jesus, Dissent,
& Desire", published by Augsburg Fortress Press, was released summer, 2006.
Cooey currently focuses her research on what it means to understand religion by examining
religious life and practice in contexts of conflict, disruption, and assimilation,
comparatively with other religious traditions and with secularism; her major project on
this subject is tentatively titled "Getting Religion." 

Cooey has been teaching at Macalester since 1999. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Georgia; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard

Journal Articles


Neither Seen Nor Heard: The Absent Child in the Study of Religion, Journal of Childhood and Religion (2010)


Review of Talal Asad, "On Suicide Bombing", Journal of Law & Religion (2009)


Women's Religious Conversions on Death Row: Theorizing Religion and State, Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2002)


Contributions to Books

Living Sustainably toward Social Justice: Asceticism Revisited, Theological perspectives for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness : public intellectuals for the twenty-first century (2013)

Religious Secularism, Whose God Rules? : Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? (2011)

Finding Jesus in the Face of Today' s Horror, Resist! Christian Dissent for the 21st Century (2008)

Popular Press


Haiti and the Push for Theological Questions, Religion Dispatches (2010)