Erin Dufault-Hunter joined the faculty of Fuller as assistant professor of Christian ethics in 2006, after having served as adjunct assistant professor in ethics in the School of Theology for three years. Prior to coming to Fuller, she earned several awards for excellence in teaching as a teaching assistant at the University of Southern California.
Dufault-Hunter has written on narrative theory and the sociology of religion. Her recent book, The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion
(April 2012), integrates insights from the social sciences with narrative theory to offer a non-reductionistic understanding of conversion. In particular, she argues that a narrative lens provides insights into why strong faith practiced within a community facilitates personal transformation, even for those society considers “hopeless.” She has also contributed entries to the Global Dictionary of Theology
(2008) and several entries in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics
Dufault-Hunter explores the intersection of technology, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic change, as in her article in the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics
, "The Downside of Getting It Up: How Viagra Reveals the Persistence of Patriarchy and the Need for Sexual Character." She has presented papers reflecting on the implications of embodiment for a Christian ethic of virtue in ordinary life, such as considerations of faithful parenthood in a medicalized age and the nature of sexual fidelity within a "pornofied" society.
She is a longtime member of Pasadena Mennonite Church, where she regularly participates in the music team and occasionally preaches.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Narrative theory, sociology of religion, diversity, sexuality/gender, bioethics