Dr. Pushpa Joseph


Dr. Sr. Pushpa Joseph, FMM is the provincial superior of the Bangalore Province of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, an International Congregation of Women Religious.  She is a feminist theologian with a specialization in Indian feminist hermeneutical methodologies. Her research interests are in the areas of women’s issues in society and religion, bioethics, and the impact of feminist conceptualizations on young women religious of India.

Sister Pushpa also served as Associate Professor in the Department of Christian Studies, University of Madras, South India. She teaches feminism, contextual theologies, hermeneutics, and bioethics. She is the chief coordinator of a postgraduate diploma program the University of Madras offers in gender and ethical issues in biotechnology. She was the coordinator of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, a group of Christian women in theology, in the years 2003-2005.

She is the author of Feminist Hermeneutics: A Contextual Reconstruction (Darjeeling, 2010), Indian Religions (Chennai, 2003), and The Old Testament (Chennai, 2004). She co-edited Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives (SIRD, Malaysia, 2008), and is presently working on a volume titled Feminist Readings: Essays on Contemporary Issues.