SKyle Johnson

Writer, teacher, activist, theologian, pilgrim.

My work dwells where the spiritual meets the political. This, to me, means working to make sense of faith, society, human bodies, in all our overlapping dimensions: How we worship, how we vote, how we treat one another, how we pray.

These are the points of interconnection that goad my work. I write, I teach, I consult, I travel and explore, and sometimes preach and minister. I have a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology.

I am currently a PhD Candidate in Systematic Theology at Boston College.  My dissertation focuses on the viability of demonology in modern and contemporary theology, analyzed in light of

post-colonial and critical race perspectives.

Recent blogs






  • Boston College: PhD in Theology, anticipated May 2021.


  • Boston College School of Theology and Ministry: Master of Theology, May 2016.  


  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: Master of Divinity, May 2015.


  • Houghton College: Bachelor of Arts, 2012. Summa Cum Laude. 


Teaching Experience 

              At Boston College:

  • Teaching Assistant: “Exploring Catholicism,” Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale. 2018-2019.


  • Teaching Assistant: “Ethics, Religion and International Politics,” Dr. Mara Willard. Fall 2018.


  • Teaching Assistant: “Introduction to Christian Theology,” Rev. Michael J. Himes. 2017-2018.


              At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 

  • Teaching Fellow: Semlink Online Education. Fall 2013-Fall 2014. 

  • Assistant to Fr. Dean Borgman, Fall 2014-Spring 2015. 

  • Assistant to Dr. Gwenfair Adams, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.

Other Professional Experience 

  • Graduate Assistant for New Testament Abstracts. Fall 2015-Spring 2016. 

  • Assistant Director of Worship and Discipleship. Bethany Presbyterian Church. Brookline, MA. 2015-2016.

  • World Vision Fellow (campus representative). Gordon-Conwell. Fall 2014-Spring 2015. 

  • Intern: Balkan Institute for Faith and Culture. Skopje, Macedonia. Summer 2014. 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Participant in Collegium Institute's Genealogies of Modernity III Symposium (University of Pennsylvania). June 2019.

  • Donald White Excellence in Teaching Award (Boston College Center for Teaching Excellence). 2019. 

  • Graduate Fellow in the Lilly Fellows in Humanities and the Arts.

  • Graduate Fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. 2018-2019.



Book Reviews

By Daniel Bell, Jr. 

Review published at


By Tanya Erzen

Review published at

God in Captivity
Published Online

Published at The Conversation

Exorcism has been part of Christianity for centuries

Published at

Is non-violence a Historic Christian Value? 
Recent Presentations
"What does a Demon Look Like?" Presentation for Mystical Theology Network Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. February 2019. 
"Who our Highways Have Taught us to Love." Paper presented at American Academy of Religion panel on Architecture and the Common Good. Denver, CO. November 2018.
"The Mystical Body and the Black Christ." Paper presented at the Mystical Theology Network Annual Meeting. Leuven, Belgium. June 2018. 
"‘Trapped in a History Which They Do Not Understand:’ Reading James Baldwin with Thomas Merton, Toward a Spiritual-Theological Interpretation of Mass Incarceration.” Presentation for panel on mass incarceration, featuring Michelle Alexander and Walter Fluker, at the American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. November, 2017.

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