Dr. Wesley N. Barker

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Liberal Studies


  • B.A., Emory University, 2000
  • M.T.S., Duke University, 2003
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature and Religion, Emory University, 2012

Dr. Barker joined Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement in 2013. Dr. Barker earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Religion from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion in 2012. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University and graduate certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies from both Emory and Duke Universities. Dr. Barker’s love for teaching is evident in the energy she brings to a classroom; her intensity and expressiveness in the classroom are balanced by her sense of humor, approachability, and genuine concerns for her students.

Courses taught

Dr. Barker teaches a wide variety of courses on comparative religions, gender and religion, and literature and religion.

Research and professional interests

Her research concerns the intersections of feminist literary theory, Continental philosophy, and religious ethics.

Recent publications

Dr. Barker has delivered numerous conference presentations, and she recently completed an article for a special issue of the journal Theology and Sexuality that explores the relationship between sexual ethics and feminist psychoanalytic appropriations of motherhood. Dr. Barker is currently working on a manuscript examining eros and ethics in the work of famed feminist psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray.

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