Assistant Professor of Religious & Pastoral Studies
Department of Liberal Arts
Ph.D. Religion, Vanderbilt University, M.A. Theology, University of Dayton, B.A. Theology, DeSales University
Expertise: Feminist Pastoral Theology, Care, & Counseling; Identity; Social Justice; Catholic Social Teaching; Theological Anthropology
Dr. Lassiter is Assistant Professor of Religious and Pastoral Studies in the Department of Liberal Arts. She regularly teaches the undergraduate courses Personal Spirituality and Theology of Human Experience, Introduction to Christianity, A Land Where You Can Eat: Sustainable Foodways and Christian Justice, and Disabling Theology. She teaches the advanced undergraduate and graduate courses Sexuality and Spirituality, Spiritual Care and Counseling, and Systematic Theology Seminars I and II.
Dr. Lassiter’s primary research and teaching interests lie in the critical investigation of theological practices of ministry and faith, formation of the self, and advancement of social justice with marginalized and excluded persons. She is the author of the academic book Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity (2015) in which she explores how suffering, subject formation, and social injustice are interconnected and argues that doing just pastoral care requires recognizing the need for recognition as well as understanding the impediments to receiving interpersonal, social, and theological recognition. She is the author and co-author of several academic articles available through her page on Academia.edu. In both her writing and teaching, Dr. Lassiter draws from many of her diverse previous experiences in ministry, non-profit management, and higher education: co-founding and working on an urban farm, managing high impact university and community service partnerships, interning as a prison chaplain, serving persons with intellectual disabilities in a residential setting, and working with a variety of individuals one-on-one as a pastoral counselor trainee.
Dr. Lassiter holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University (2012) where her primary area of study was Religion, Psychology, and Culture, with minors in Community Research and Action, and Theology and Practice; an M.A. from University of Dayton (2004) in Theological Studies; and a B.A. in Theology from DeSales University (2001).
Dr. Lassiter received Mount St. Joseph University’s Emerging Scholar Award in 2016. She teaches a weekly yoga class on campus for the Group Fitness Club and serves as a mentor with returning citizens through the HELP Program, a Marianist ministry based at her parish, St. Francis de Sales, in East Walnut Hills. She likes growing, cooking, and eating good food, and hiking in the woods as much as she can with her dog Ruby. If you see a trail of mud in the hallway, there’s a good chance it’ll lead you to Dr. Lassiter’s door.