PhD Student Profile: Gina A. S. Robinson

Area of Study: Christian Education and Congregational Studies

Gina Robinson

Gina grew up on her great grandfather’s farm in rural Georgia, where hard work and education served as the primary vehicle multi-generational success. She earned a BA in both political science and African American studies from Emory College followed by a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Gina spent a year at Yale Divinity School to research the varying implications of colorism on the identity development of black girls who have interacted with hashtags #teamlightskin and #teamdarkskin and social media platforms. She developed a practical theological response to promote virtues, such as self-love and sisterhood. Her current research interests include the spiritual lives of African American girls, particularly nurturing their identity development through Womanist and emancipatory pedagogical methods.

Papers and Publications

“A Practical Theological Examination of ‘A Seat at the Table’” (Presentation at the 2018 Association of Practical Theology Conference)

“I Belong Here: A Theo-Sociopolitical Examination of Black Bodies in White Spaces” (Presentation at the 2018 Religious Education Conference)