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Christine Falk Dalessio

Teaching Assistant

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Christine Dalessio
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Christine's academic interests lie primarily in theological anthropology, post-Vatican II theology, embodiment, the mystery of communion, dialog about sexual difference, women, and beauty as sacramental. Her early Catholic imagination was formed by Tolkien, Lewis, Sayers, and L'Engle. She loves the Jersey Shore, any opportunity to travel, her husband, and two "papal" cats: Benny and Frankie.

Christine's Ph.D. requirements are completed. She will graduate from the program in December 2019.


  • Ph.D., University of Dayton (anticipated December 2019)
  • M.A., Saint Mary's University
  • B.A., Rutgers, the State University of NJ


Working Title:

Prophetism of the Body: Towards A More Adequate Anthropology of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body through a Feminist Hermeneutic


Jana M. Bennett, Ph.D.


Dennis Doyle, Ph.D., Vincent Miller, Ph. D., William Portier, Ph.D., Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Women in the Christian Tradition (2 sections)
  • Intro to Religious Studies and Theology (7 sections)
  • Feminist Social Change with Dr. Jana Bennett (1 section - Womens' and Gender Studies)
  • Introduction to Religious Studies and Theology (9 sections)
  • Feminist Social Change, Women in the Christian Tradition (4 sections)
  • Pope Francis and Contemporary Catholicism

Scholarly Publications and Presentations


“The New Feminism, Prophetic Bodies and Freedom” in Woman as Prophet in the Home and the World: Interdisciplinary Investigations, edited by R. Mary Lemmons. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016, pp.65-77.

“Filled with Prophecy: The Revelatory and Representational Aspects of the Prophetism of the Body in the Mystery of Male-Female Embodiment". Listening Journal, Duquesne University Press. 2017, Winter 2018.


June, 2018.  "An Unlikely Revolution: John Paul II’s Anthropology and Feminist Concerns as 'a real solution.'" College Theology Society Annual Convention.

March, 2018. “John Paul II’s Hermeneutics of the Gift: The ‘Fundamental Characteristic of Personal Existence.’” Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, Benedictine College.

September, 2016. Duke Graduate Conference in Theology Duke University, Durham, NC. “Prophetism of the Body: John Paul II’s Theological Anthropology and Body Language.”

February, 2015 TheOH Conference. University of Dayton, OH. “Positive Promise in Sexual Difference: Theological Significance in Being Made Male and Female.”

October, 2014. Graduate Student Conference of the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine. Mundelein Seminary, IL “The Feminine in the Ecclesiology of Henri DeLubac: A Source for Life  and Unity.”

June, 2014. College Theology Society Annual Convention. St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. “Reclaiming Sainted Bodies: The Sacramentality of Female Body Language.”

May, 2014. Siena Symposium for Women, Family & Culture. University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN. “The New Feminism, Prophetic Bodies, and Freedom.”