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Elizabeth Phillips completed her PhD in the Divinity Faculty in 2008, writing a theological ethnography exploring eschatology and politics in American Christian Zionism. After a one-year Research Assistantship in the History Faculty, she worked for nine years at Westcott House, one of the Anglican theological colleges affiliated with the University of Cambridge. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Criminology, where she co-convenes introductory courses in theological and philosophical ethics for Cambridge students and students resident in a high security prison.


  • Christian Virtue Ethics
  • Conflict, Violence, Pacifism, War, and Peacemaking
  • Political Theology
  • Eschatology and Politics
  • Christian Zionism
  • Theological Ethnography


Key publications: 
  • co-editor with Anna Rowlands and Amy Daughton, T&T Clark Reader in Political Theology (forthcoming from T&T Clark, 2018).
  • ‘Anabaptist Theologies’, in The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, second edition, edited by Peter Scott and William Cavanaugh (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell, 2018).
  • ‘Narrating Catastrophe, Cultivating Hope: Apocalyptic Practices and Theological Virtue.’ Studies in Christian Ethics 31:1 (1 February 2018): 17-33.
  • ‘The Church and the Elusive “Public”’, in Grace, Governance and Globalization: Theology and Public Life, edited by Lieven Boeve, Stephan van Erp, and Martin Poulsom (forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2016).
  • co-editor with Craig Hovey, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • ‘Virtue Ethics and Social Justice’, in Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views, edited by Victor McCracken (Bloomsbury, 2014).
  • ‘Saying “Peace” When There is No Peace: An American Christian Zionist Congregation on Peace, Militarism and Settlements’, in Comprehending Christian Zionism: Perspectives in Comparison, edited by Göran Gunner and Robert Smith (Fortress Press, 2014).
  • Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2012).
  • "Charting the 'Ethnographic Turn': Theologians and the Study of Christian Congregations". In Church and Culture: Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, volume 1, edited by Pete Ward (Eerdmans, 2011).
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
Honorary Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University
Dr Elizabeth  Phillips

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