An Irish theologian, her main areas of teaching and research are in practical theology, feminist theology and on the intersections between theology and social sciences and public policy.
Her doctoral research was on the concept of desire in Catholic theology, and it aimed to arrive at a pedagogy of desire that was more integrated from a feminist perspective than traditional gender-blind models.
Her publications include Catholic Social Justice (Continuum 2007), and her passion for faith to be lived out in concrete social action remains an ongoing research and activist concern. Philomena’s current research is focused on constructing a theology of female desire that she hopes to publish shortly.
Philomena is not currently accepting new doctoral students.