Christena Cleveland


Christena Cleveland, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. Founder and Director of the Center for Justice + Renewal, her mission through this organization is to create a more equitable and inclusive world by “nurturing skillful justice advocacy and the depth to act on it.” Christena speaks, writes, and consults with organizations to fulfill her commitment as a leader both in the classroom and in society. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. An award-winning researcher and author, Christena leads a research team at Duke investigating self-compassion as a buffer to racial stress. She is currently working on her third book, examining relationships among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine. She is based in North Carolina with her spouse, Jim.

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