Kara Slade

is a PhD candidate in Christian theology and ethics in the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke, with interests at the intersections of science, technology, and theological anthropology. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering (and served on the faculty there) before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as a research engineer. After leaving government service, she returned to Duke in 2009 as a student in the Divinity School. Her current research project is focused on theological engagements with modern, scientific narratives of temporality. Ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church, she currently serves as interim co-director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, and has previously served in both suburban and rural parishes in North Carolina and Alabama.