Stephanie Boddie

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie is the 2015-2016 postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon' University's Center for African American Urban Studies & Economy. She is also a faculty associate at Washington University's Center for Social Development and adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her research explores social entrepreneurial approaches to address disparities in health, wealth, education, and food access as well as trends in faith-based initiatives.

In her previous position as senior researcher at Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, Stephanie co-lead a 50-state study of prison chaplains providing unique insights regarding tensions in their faith and work and religious lives of inmates. In addition to numerous journal articles and reports, she has co-authored the following books: The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership, The Invisible Caring Hand: American Congregations and the Provision of Welfare, The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America and Faith-Based Social Services: Measures, Assessments, and Effectiveness.

As the co-director of The Ward: Race and Class in Du Bois' Seventh Ward, a teaching, research and public history project, Stephanie is developing a collection of oral histories and has co-produced a mini-documentary, Tindley Temple: Journey of a Congregation and a multi-media music documentary, Spirituals and the Souls of Black Folks. She is currently co-leading a University of Pittsburgh initiative to create a food hub in one of Pittsburgh's low-income/low-wealth neighborhoods. She also serves on the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council's steering committee and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Metro Urban Institute advisory board.

Stephanie received her doctorate in social welfare and master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor's degree in natural science from John Hopkins University.