Andy Watts

Associate Professor of Religion

Andy is an Associate Professor of Religion at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He has masters degrees in theology from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and Duke University. He received his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. After coming to Belmont in 2005, Andy began teaching, researching, and writing about the intersections between Christianity, culture, and ethics. In addition to teaching a course in the undergraduate study abroad program in South Africa and Botswana for three years, he developed a study away intensive to Native American reservations. He is interested in bringing to the foreground social justice issues relevant to indigenous peoples that are vital for Christian ethics. Andy also teaches for-credit courses in Tennessee state prisons, seeking to empower those affected by the mass incarceration industrial complex. He is engaged in scholarship, advocacy, and activism with the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. Andy is the author of "Challenged by Respect: Rethinking Service Learning on Native American Reservations" forthcoming in Culturally Engaging Service-Learning With Diverse Communities, as well as commentaries on the gospel of John in "Feasting on the Gospels."