Maria Mayo, M.Div., Ph.D., earned a doctorate in History and Critical Theories of Religion in 2013 at Vanderbilt University. Her research focused on conceptions of forgiveness in the contexts of criminal justice, pastoral care, and conflict transformation. She currently writes on religious ideology and rhetoric in popular culture.<br />
Maria received a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2004. She served as co-editor of five volumes of the book series, <em>A Feminist Companion to the New Testament and Early Christian Literature</em>. Currently, Maria oversees communications for the <a href="http://www.nhchc.org" target="_hplink">National Health Care for the Homeless Council</a>. She is also a public speaker and educator in churches and other communities.<br />
An avid cyclist and triathlete, Maria enjoys reading novels, writing things down, and talking things over with her cat, Cake. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.