Santa Clara University

Deborah Ross, Ph.D.

Lecturer (Academic Quarter)

Dr. Ross received her B.A. in theology, religious studies, and English from St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, London. She received her M.Th. and Ph.D. from Heythrop College, the Jesuit College of the University of London. Her Ph.D. focused upon the spiritual transformation of adults who had participated in the RCIA faith-formation process.

Dr. Ross has worked in various pastoral ministry and academic research roles. She helped to establish a Heythrop College-based project involving diverse church groups and non-profit agencies in London and the UK. The project facilitated theological reflection upon evangelization and mission, empowering individuals in faith-based organizations to become more skilled practitioners. Dr. Ross' academic interests include Christian initiation, practical theology, theological anthropology, and theological themes within film and English literature.


PMIN 288 Practical Theology

TESP 50 Catholic Theology: Foundations

TESP 77 Religion and Globalization

Selected Publications:

Introduction, Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture, by Victor and Edith Turner (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011)         

Co-author of Talking About God in Practice: Theological Action Research and Practical Theology (London: SCM, 2010)