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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

Published Articles

Klein, Shandon C. “The Structures of Virtue and Vice, by Daniel J. Daly.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 43, no. 1 (2023): 233–34.

Journal Articles in Progress (Abstract Accepted)

Klein, Shandon C. “Empowered Resistance: The Impact of an African Indigenous Faith on the “Woman Who Was More Than a Man.” African Journal of Gender and Religion for Special Issue. Article to be published June 2024.

Conference Presentations

Klein, Shandon, “Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Ethic of Control and Dylan Roof.” Disrupting White Privilege Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics, January 2024.

Klein, Shandon, “Quaring an Ethic of Resistance and Ethic of Control: The Exemplar of Pauli Murray.” Queer Studies of Religion Unit, American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2023

Klein, Shandon, “Theology without Walls as an Open System” Theology Without Walls Group, American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 2023

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, 2023 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, 2023 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

2022 – Present

United Women in Faith

Elected to Metro District Nominations Committee of the North Texas Conference, 2022 – 2024

2019 – Present

Southern Methodist University

Board of Advisors, Black Africana Studies Program, 2021 – Present

Student Member, Fall Convocation Advisory Board, 2019 – 2021

2019 – Present

United Methodist Church

Lay Delegate to 2020 General Conference, Rescheduled to 2024

Lay Delegate to 2020 South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Oct 2022

  • Assigned to South Central Jurisdictional Boundaries Committee 2022 – 2024

2018 – Present

North Texas Annual Conference

Metro District Nominations Committee Member, 2023 – Present

Black Church Task Force, Participant, 2020 – 2021

Genesis Church Planting Cohort, 2020 – 2021

Lay Member, 2019 – Present

Certified Candidate for the order of Elder, 2018 – Present

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


Trans-Religious Theology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion, 2021 – Present

Society of Christian Ethics, 2021 – Present

  • Student Member of the Board of Directors, 2023-2025

Society of Biblical Literature, 2021 – 2022

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, 2022 – Present