Nicole Symmonds is the visiting assistant professor of Christian ethics at the McAfee School of Theology and a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research interests include Christian anti-trafficking work, womanist responses to commercial sex work, sexual ethics in popular culture and society, and Christian social ethics and ethnography. Her current research explores the role of Evangelical Christian whiteness in anti-trafficking work. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion, an M. Div from the Candler School of Theology, and a B.S. in journalism from Florida A&M University.

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