Elise Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Baylor University. Elise earned her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate University in California, where she studied Theology, Ethics, and Culture. Before that, Elise worked as an architect in Washington D.C. and she still maintains her license to practice architecture. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, moving between fields of theology, ethics, and architectural theory to examine issues of civic engagement and to question how Christian beliefs and commitments are expressed publicly. As a black feminist, Elise focuses her research on cultural expressions by, for, and about women and marginalized communities. She writes nonfiction essays and is co-editor (with Katie Day) of the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities. Elise is working on another book, Building Justice: Theological Commitments in Architectural Design, which is about Christian values in architecture. She serves the Waco community through roles in Creative Waco and DaySpring Baptist Church.