Elizabeth M. Bounds, Ph.D.

Founding Fellow

Elizabeth M. Bounds, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Emory University, with appointments in the School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion.  With a background in transformative/liberation theories and pedagogies, she teaches courses in conflict transformation, restorative justice, and peacebuilding practices, with attention to role of contemplation, experiential learning, and social change.  Her current scholarship engages a variety of issues in criminal justice and incarceration, including concepts and practices of responsibility, empowerment, and healing.  To do this work, she draws a variety of sources including Christian traditions, sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology.  She is the co-founder and administrator of the Certificate in Theological Studies at the Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, GA which offers two one-year certificates awarded by the Atlanta Theological Association.  She is an advisory board member of the Chillon Project.