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Donovan McAbee

Donovan McAbee

Janet Ayers Academic Center 2024 
(615) 460-6522

By the age of eight, I had narrowed down what I wanted to do for a living to four fields, and precocious as I was, I was always more than happy to share these with anyone who asked—and with many folks who didn’t. Without fail, I would say that I wanted to be a preacher, a lawyer, a politician, or a stand-up comedian.

In many ways, being a professor allows me to be all of these. But being a professor allows so much more as well. The classroom is not simply a place for the professor to perform and the students to observe; instead, it’s a place where community is formed, where professor and students gather together to ask big questions, to spur one another on, to encourage real learning, a learning that reaches towards wisdom.

At Belmont, I’m given the joy and the privilege each day to step into the room with bright, energetic, and creative students. In the classes I teach here in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry, we explore the intersections of faith and culture, from discussing the ways that a Starbucks cup conceals a narrative about the values that the corporation wants to portray, to unpacking the theological contentions of The Misfit in Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

My research interests include Religion and Literature; Religion and Culture; Contemporary Poetry; and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. My academic work and poetry have appeared in Poetry Review (UK), Christianity and Literature, and Ruminate, and I’ve presented my work at conferences in the United States and Europe.


Ph.D., University of St Andrews, Scotland
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., Baylor University