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Affiliated Faculty of Contemporary World Religions, Union Institute & University

Myriam Renaud earned a PhD ('18) from the University of Chicago Divinity School in religious thought and ethics. Her academic research focuses on constructive philosophical theology, the concept of God, global ethics, comparative theology, and transhumanism. Her work is grounded in her advanced study of contemporary Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought.

Renaud's publications include a monograph, Toward a Global, Humanistic Theology: Constructing Moral Concepts of God (Brill, 2021); the co-edited volumes (with William Schweiker), Multi-Religious Perspectives on a Global Ethic: In Search of a Common Morality (Routledge, 2020), and (with Joshua Daniel), God and the Moral Life (Routledge, 2018).

She is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and academic book reviews. Currently she is at work on a monograph in which she develops a comparative theological method, explores the concepts of God elaborated by a contemporary Muslim theologian, a Christian theologian, and a Jewish theologian, and then tests her method by comparing these concepts.

Renaud also analyzes religion in public life for general-audience publications. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic (online), Al Jazeera English, Religion & Politics, The Globe Post, Sightings, and Religion Dispatches among others. Her work has been cited in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Al Jazeera. Recent publications have focused on white evangelicals and on the Black Church.

As affiliated faculty at Union Institute & University located in Cincinnati, Renaud teaches contemporary world religions. She also serves as Project Director of the Global Ethic Project at the Parliament of the World's Religions, a position she has held since 2017.

Myriam is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Christian Ethics, the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, and the Religion News Association.


  • 2021–present
    Adjunct professor, Union Institute & University


  • 2018 
    University of Chicago Divinity School, Ph.D.