Stephanie Boddie

Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie is the 2015-2016 postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy. Her research and teaching interests are faith-based initiatives, community development, social policy and social entrepreneurial approaches to address disparities in education, wealth and health including food security. She is an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a faculty associate at Washington University’s Center for Social Development. She is also a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society and the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program.

Her current research focusing on faith and entrepreneurship builds upon her years of experience working with congregations and other faith-based organizations as well as the current Oasis Foods Ecosystem demonstration research with Pitt professor and Homewood Children’s Village’s co-founder, Dr. John Wallace. As a senior researcher at Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, Stephanie co-lead a 50-state study of prison chaplains providing unique insights regarding tensions in their faith and work and the religious lives of inmates. She also served as lead consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Faith and Families’ portfolio connecting this work to the foundation’s broader family economic success goals. Building upon work as co-principal investigator of the first city-wide census of congregations in Philadelphia, she has also collaborated with churches to identify the unique role congregations can play by leveraging their assets to contribute to the regional economy.

As the co-director of The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward, a teaching, research and public history project, Stephanie is developing a collection of oral histories and has co-produced a multi-media music documentary, Spirituals and the Souls of Black Folks. As a part of this project, she has continued to work with Philadelphia churches to capture their stories of faith, service, entrepreneurship and legacy and co-produced a mini-documentary, Tindley Temple: Journey of a Congregation.

Stephanie received her doctorate in social welfare and master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree in natural science from Johns Hopkins University.

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