Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America and a commissioned minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is the first Asian American woman to earn a doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology. An award-winning author, Dr. Brock has published numerous works, including Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (2012), Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (2008), and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us.

Dr. Brock was a professor of religion and women’s studies for 18 years and held the Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Hamline University from 1990 until 1997. Then she became Director of the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, which provides yearlong fellowships to distinguished scientists, social scientists, scholars, writers, artists, and humanitarians. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life, and from 2002-2012, she was a visiting scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, as well as serving from 2006-2008 as senior editor in religion at The New Press. In 2012, she co-founded the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School. She joined Volunteers of America in 2017 to create moral injury recovery programs.