Angela Cowser


Angela Cowser is the director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) and assistant professor of sociology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

In the classroom and in the church, she comes as a sociologist of religion, community organizer, and pastor, and as such, tries to give her students theological, ethical, and sociological tools to help them think and act in ways that deal realistically with the world as it is, while they dream, plan, and organize towards the world as it should be. The world as it should be a place where all people are healthy and secure, strong and prosperous, and just, especially towards the poor, and where the people of God are educated rightly on the ways and means of God. Her vocation as a teacher is to help students who hunger and thirst for justice and mercy and equity work effectively and concretely towards these values in this world which God so loves.

Cowser received her bachelor of arts in political science in 1982, a master of arts in international relations from The University of Chicago in 1988, and a master of divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2006. She completed her doctor of philosophy in ethics and society in May of 2012 from the graduate department of religion at Vanderbilt University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honors and awards including most recently, the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship in 2009 and The Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship in 2006 through 2008.