Russell Woods

PhD Student

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Russell Woods


Rusty Woods studied theology in both his undergraduate and masters level education. Having worked in organizations functioning at the intersections of theology and faith, race, gender, justice, and social renewal for much of his career, Woods' academic interests consider how these spaces intersect rhetorically. Woods desires to explore agrarian activist Wendell Berry's rhetoric of race and place to unearth what rhetorical fruit they can offer communities living at the intersections of race, place, and grace.

When not researching and writing, Woods coaches high school Cross Country runners, enjoys rock climbing, reads agrarian literature, and teaches high school theology courses.


Ph.D. Communication Studies (in progress), University of Memphis
M.Div. Harding School of Theology
B.S. Biblical Studies, Freed-Hardeman University