Women in Theology at Marquette

Web Posted: 06/01/2010

Dr. Judith Mayotte


One of Marquette’s best known alumnae, Judith Mayotte (Ph.D., 1976) has been a pioneer in women’s studies and an Emmy and Peabody Award winner for her work in the documentary series Portrait of America. After receiving a grant to study refugees in 1989, she dedicated her life to working with those suffering most from the world’s conflicts, paying a personal price for her efforts when she lost a leg during a food drop to Sudanese refugees in 1993 – just after the publication of her Disposable People?: The Plight of Refugees (Orbis Books, 1992). She has gone on to serve as an advisor to President Clinton’s Administration on refugee policy and to Marquette’s International Service Learning Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been the focus of study herself, the subject matter of a segment of the PBS documentary series Visionaries and the Smithsonian’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.


Theology Department Mission Statement

Theology Department Mission Statement

Marquette University defines itself as Christian, Catholic, Jesuit, urban, and independent. The Department of Theology functions within the university to investigate and understand the Catholic tradition, its relation to other Christian communions, and to other religions of the world. Read more of our mission statement.