Sarah Barton

Doctor of Theology (ThD) Candidate

My primary areas of scholarship include Christian theology, ethics, and disability studies. My dissertation focuses on developing an account of theological anthropology that robustly includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the dissertation, I develop my constructive theological work out of qualitative research on baptismal theologies and practices among people with disabilities, their friends and families, as well as church leaders (lay and clergy). I engage communities of faith across the ecumenical spectrum.

As I complete my dissertation, I am serving on the faculty of Western Theological Seminary (in Holland, MI) as a Nouwen Fellow. When in residence at Duke University, I worked for five years as a Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Duke University Health System.

My broader scholarship includes experience presenting across interdisciplinary contexts on issues of spirituality, theology, occupational therapy, and intellectual disability.


Doctor of Theology
Dissertation: “The Baptized Body: Exploring Disability and Theological Anthropology”
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2014 - 2019 (expected)

Master of Theological Studies
summa cum laude , Certificate in Anglican Studies
Thesis: “Toward Human Flourishing: Theological Perspectives in Occupational Therapy”
Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC, USA), 2012-2014

Master of Science
Occupational Therapy, Pi Theta Epsilon
Boston University (Boston, MA, USA), 2009-2012

Bachelor of Science
magna cum laude , Biology
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA, USA), 2005-2009

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As I am currently appointed to a faculty position in Michigan, I am available to arrange electronic office hours by request. In addition, I travel to Durham frequently and would be happy to coordinate an in-person meeting as desired.

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