Kate Lassiter | Mount St. Joseph University

Associate Professor of Religious & Pastoral Studies

Department of Liberal Arts
CL 21-E


Ph.D. Religion, Vanderbilt University, M.A. Theology, University of Dayton, B.A. Theology, DeSales University

Expertise: Catholic social teaching; pastoral theology, care, and counseling; restorative justice


Dr. Lassiter is Associate Professor of Religious and Pastoral Studies at Mount St. Joseph University. She has expertise in the role of spiritual practices in public strategies for healing and just care, and extensive experience in the academy, non-profit development and management, and diverse religious communities.

Dr. Lassiter critically investigates the social formation of the self. In her book Recognizing Other Subjects, Dr. Lassiter identifies interpersonal, structural, and ideological barriers to advancing care and justice, and outlines quantifiable strategies to achieve belonging and inclusion. She researches in Catholic social teaching, race and gender theory, culturally appropriate trauma healing, and restorative justice. 

She is a graduate of the Ph.D. in Religion, Psychology, and Culture (2012) where she was also a fellow in the Program for Theology and Practice. She also holds an M.A. from the University of Dayton and a B.A. from DeSales University. She was named a Coolidge Fellow by Auburn Seminary and CrossCurrents Magazine in 2017 and was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by her peers in 2016. She is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for Pastoral Theology, and American Psychological Association, Divison 27.

Before joining Mount St. Joseph University, Dr. Lassiter served as the Lilly Visiting Professor for Social Justice and Community Development at Loyola University Chicago. 

Dr. Lassiter is passionate about working with persons affected by the criminal justice system, building cultures of healing, and advancing social change. She is also a yoga and meditation instructor and an avid hiker.

Select Publications:

Kate Lassiter, “On Not Keeping ‘the Best Kept Secret’: Catholic Social Teaching as Formational Source for Revolution in the 4th Area,” in Journal of Pastoral Theology. Vol. 27 (Fall 2017). 

Katharine E. Lassiter, Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015.

Kate Lassiter, “No Easy Resolution: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity” in Journal of Pastoral Theology, Vol. 23 (Summer 2013).