Rachel Wheeler

Theology, Assistant Professor

Rachel Wheeler



Buckley Center 437

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Professor Rachel Wheeler teaches courses on the Bible, Christian spirituality, ecospirituality, and spiritual practices. She earned a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and her other degrees reflect interests in monastic studies, literature, and music. She is particularly interested in the so-called desert Christians who lived in Egyptian, Palestinian, and Syrian deserts during late antiquity and her first book, Desert Daughters, Desert Sons: Rethinking the Christian Desert Tradition, offers a feminist critique of these Christians' practices. She is also interested in how people interpret their pro-environmental behavior as spiritual. An enthusiastic knitter and cyclist, she enjoys very much living in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse and two cats.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Theological Union Berkeley
  • Master of Arts, Saint John's School of Theology-Seminary
  • Master of Arts, Humboldt State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Humboldt State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linfield College
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