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August 2021 - Present
Southern Methodist University

PhD Student, Religious Ethics

Studying the ethic of resistance and the ethic of control in oppressed and privileged cultures along with the theologies that support or oppose them.

August 2018 - May 2021
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University


Graduated Summa Cum Laude

August 2010 - May 2012
Johns Hopkins University

M.S. Biotechnology Enterprise

Graduated Cum Laude

August 2004 - May 2009
Minnesota State University Moorhead

B.A. Biology and Chemistry (double major) with emphasis in Biotechnology and Biochemistry

Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Minor in Communication Studies

Research Experience

Expected Start 2023
Southern Methodist University


Advisor(s): Rebekah Miles, Karen Baker-Fletcher, Steve Long

Spring 2022 - Fall 2022
Southern Methodist University

Research Assistant

Advisor: Karen Baker-Fletcher

  • Researching for Dr. Baker-Fletcher’s upcoming book project on black women activists who are survivors of unjust violence and exemplars of spiritual resilience.

Scholarly Publications & Presentations

Journal Papers in Progress

Klein, Shandon, “The Value of Personhood: Creative Use of an Ethic of Resistance and Ethic of Control within the life of Pauli Murray” (tentative title)

Conference Presentations

Salcedo, Abbie and Klein, Shandon, “Theological Virtues in the Anti-Black Racism Discourse of Religious Studies Professors.” American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, October 14, 2022.

Colloquy Presentations

Response to Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism. Graduate Program of Religious Studies Ethics Colloquy for Tate Willson Lecture, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, March 9, 2022.

  • Invited to respond to guest lecturer Jonathan Tran in colloquy

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2022 Angella P. Current-Felder Women of Color Scholars, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church
  • 2022 - 2024 Doctoral Fellowship, Louisville Institute
  • 2022 Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • 2021 - 2026 Mustang Fellowship, Southern Methodist University
  • 2021 The Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Flinn Senior Award, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology
  • 2021 The Charley T. and Jesse James Bible Award, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology
  • 2021 The Robert Weatherford Prize for Internship Preaching, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology
  • 2020 B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics, Harold M. Kaufman Memorial Foundation

Public Leadership & Service

2019 - Present
Southern Methodist University

Student Member, Fall Convocation Advisory Board

2019 - Present
United Methodist Church

Lay Delegate to 2020 General Conference, Rescheduled to 2024

Lay Delegate to 2020 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Rescheduled to Oct 2022

2018 - Present
North Texas Annual Conference

Lay Member, 2019 – Present

Certified Candidate for the order of Elder, 2018 – Present

Black Church Task Force, Participant, 2020 – 2021

Genesis Church Planting Cohort, 2020 - 2021

2016 - Present
First United Methodist Church Richardson

Ministry Associate, 2020 – Present

Circle Leader, United Women in Faith, 2019 - Present

Assistant Director of Welcoming Ministries, 2016 - 2020

Research Interests

Comparative study of oppressed and privileged cultures in regard to both ethics and lived theology

Ethic of Resistance

Ethic of Control



Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion, 2021 - Present

Society of Christian Ethics, 2021 – Present

  • Nominated as a Student Member of the Board of Directors, 2022 (Elections to be held January 2023)

Society of Biblical Literature, 2021 – Present

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, 2022 – Present