Meet the Staff
Women’s Center Staff
Annie Selak (she/her/hers) is an expert in feminist ecclesiology. She comes to the Women’s Center with a wealth of experience in student affairs, Jesuit higher education, and theology. Annie has over 15 years experience in Catholic higher education. She spent 4 years as a residence hall rector at the University of Notre Dame, where she also had dual appointments in the Career Center and the Center for Social Concerns. In this capacity, she was involved in student leadership and development, student advising, sexual assault prevention and response, vocational discernment, innovative curriculum development bringing together student life and academics, and preparing students for culturally-informed service-learning trips.
Annie earned her doctorate in systematic theology at Boston College, specializing in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Her academic research includes ecclesiology, feminist and liberationist theologies, theology of ministry, rape culture on Catholic college campuses, identity formation in young women, multicultural and interfaith aspects of Catholicism, responding to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church, Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy, and racism and sexism in the Catholic church. Her research has appeared in Modern Theology, Journal for Catholic Social Thought, America Magazine, Washington Post, Commonweal, and several edited volumes and collections.
Annie has taught in diverse learning environments including the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and Marymount University. At Georgetown, she serves as a Community Resource Professional for the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. As a former Jesuit Volunteer (Detroit, 2005-06), Annie is committed to supporting Jesuit higher education and served on the board of directors for Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University (BA Religious Studies, BS Political Science) and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (MDiv). She is a native Californian and lives in Washington DC.
“The Lived Experience of the Faithful.” In Pope Francis: A Vision for Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth, ed. Massimo Faggioli and Barbara Wall. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019, 218-237.
“Missing Voices in Amoris Laetitia: An Examination of Law, Narrative, and Possibilities for Inclusion in Roman Catholic Church Teaching.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 16, no. 1 (Winter 2019), 83-102.
“Orthodoxy, Orthopraxis and Orthopathy: Evaluating the Feminist Kenosis Debate.” Modern Theology 33, no. 4 (October 2017), 529-548.
“The Power of Memory and Witnessing: A Trauma-Informed Analysis of Anamnesis in the Roman Catholic Mass,” in College Theology Society Annual Volume, Liturgy + Power, ed. Brian Flanagan and Johann Vento (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016), 22-33.
- Pronouns: she/her
- Hometown: Miami, Florida
- School & Year: COL ‘23
- Majors/minors: Government and history major, French minor
- Interested in the relationship between women’s issues, human rights, and social movements
- Hobbies: curating Spotify playlists, attempting to learn how to knit, and going on long walks
- Pronouns: she/her
- Hometown: Portland, OR
- School & Year: SFS ‘24
- Major: STIA (Science, Technology, and International Affairs)
- Hobbies: crocheting, running with my dog, and trying to learn k-pop dances