Originally from England, Professor Dawn came to Yale in 2011. After a first career in music, she was a teaching fellow in systematic theology at the University of Cambridge, where she also served as college chaplain. She teaches courses on performative theology, poetics and the bible in the writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Designing and Curating Worship, Songwriting for Congregations, and Poetry for Ministry (co-taught with Christian Wiman).
Her five published books are Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England (DLT, 2013), The Accidental Pilgrim: Modern Journeys on Ancient Pathways (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011), The Writing on the Wall: High Art, Popular Culture and the Bible (Hodder and Stoughton, 2010), Giving it Up: Daily Bible Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day (Oxford: BRF, 2009), and Beginnings and Endings (and What Happens in Between): Daily Bible Readings from Advent to Epiphany (Oxford: BRF, 2007). In addition to articles and essays in various journals and periodicals, she has contributed chapters to four collections of essays: An Acceptable Sacrifice? Homosexuality and the Church (ed. Dormor and Morris; SPCK 2007), Anglicanism: The Answer to Modernity (ed. Dormor, McDonald, and Caddick; Continuum, 2003), The Rite Stuff: Ritual in Contemporary Christian Worship and Mission (ed. Ward; BRF, 2004), and Post-Evangelical Debate (Dawn et al.; SPCK 1997). She is the composer of many contemporary songs and hymns, published by EMI (Kingsway Thankyou Music) and Big Jungle Music. In 2014 she was the first Ruth Etchells Fellow in Theology and Literature at the University of Durham, UK, where she continues as a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College. Professor Dawn is an ordained priest in the Church of England, an accredited pastoral supervisor with APSE (Association of Pastoral Supervisors & Educators), an associated writer member of PRS for Music, and a member of the Society for the Study of Theology (UK). She serves on the advisory board for the Royal School of Church Music, and is a senior member of King’s College and Robinson College in the University of Cambridge.
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Cambridge