Professor Traci C. West has taught Masters, PhD, and DMin students in Drew Theological School’s Religion and Society Area. She has also taught AA, BA, and non-degree certificate students in Drew’s Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons (PREP) program at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility (Clinton, NJ) and Northern State Prison (Newark, NJ).


She has received Drew’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, (2014, 2002) and Excellence in Teaching Award voted by Drew’s Graduate Division of Religion Student Association (2020, 2012, 2003).

Professor Traci C. West's courses have included:

Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics acquaints students with a range of approaches to doing Christian ethics and enables them to practice applying the ideas from Christian ethics readings to everyday situations in the practice of ministry and community leadership.

Intercultural Ethics and Conflicts

Intercultural Ethics and Conflicts focuses on varied philosophical and political ethics approaches to national, cultural, and racial plurality as well as some of the related conflicts that can arise as a result of systemic forms of domination or competing group claims of moral virtue and vulnerability.

God and Politics

God and Politics investigates the role of Christian religious institutions, rhetoric, and faith in U.S. election politics and how the moral values needed to build good communities should be articulated by religious and political leaders seeking to influence election outcomes. Consistent attention is given to how issues of race matter within this nexus of faith and politics.

Ethically Responding to Violence Against Women

Ethically Responding to Violence Against Women explores some of the cultural dynamics that contribute to both the problem of intimate violence against women (heterosexual, lesbian, and transgender) and strategies for addressing it. Religion, specifically, Christian faith and church life, is one of the primary cultural concerns, especially its intersections with issues of race.

Sexual Ethics

Sexual Ethics introduces students to a range of critical approaches to sexual ethics and contemporary debates about standards for public sexual morality. The role of race/ethnicity and religion, particularly Christian religious experience and church life, are emphasized in studying those approaches and debates.

Strategies of Social Change

Strategies of Social Change investigates ethical dilemmas that arise in coordinated, community acts of protest against deeply entrenched social inequalities. The ethical issues include the use of non-violence, children, the role of religion in inciting and opposing racism, and how public narratives of social protest movements contribute to ongoing communal social values.

Spirituality and Ethics for Religious Leadership

Spirituality and Ethics for Religious Leadership explores individual and institutional practices that nurture ethical conduct by Christian leaders. Besides basic rules, guidelines, and cultural competence, how do we also develop spiritual resources for ethical leadership practices?

Moral Thought of Black Intellectuals

Moral Thought of Black Intellectuals focuses on the social vision of African American and Afro-Latina/o scholars and their insights related to the politics of race in the Americas. It highlights moral issues in their work related to: education, religion, gender, war, and sexuality.

Economic Ethics and Religious Communities

Economic Ethics and Religious Communities focus on everyday issues of economic justice and the ethical values at stake in how local communities can participate in pursuing economic justice. In particular, how do religious understandings of economic justice help us to clarify the ethical values that can constructively contribute to economic justice