Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio
|Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio|
Danielle Tumminio speaking on the Colin McEnroe Show in 2010
|Born||Manhattan, New York, U.S.|
|Other names||Danielle Hansen|
|Education||Yale University (BA, 2003, MDiv, 2006, STM, 2008)|
|Occupation||writer, life coach, priest, theologian|
|Spouse(s)||Eric Hansen (2010-present)|
Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio is a priest, theologian, a certified life coach and spinning instructor, and the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom. She was the instructor of the "Christian Theology and Harry Potter" seminar at Yale University in the spring of 2008; in 2011, she repeated the course at Tufts University. Tumminio has also presented material on the intersection between theology and the Harry Potter series at the Infinitus Symposium in Orlando, Florida in 2010, the Portus Symposium in Dallas, Texas, in the summer of 2008, and she chaired the panel on Harry Potter and Religion at the 2008 American Academy of Religion conference. Her teaching has been praised by Harry Potter commentator John Granger on his Hogwarts Professor website.
Beliefs about Christianity and Harry Potter
Tumminio stands in opposition to those in Christian circles who call the Harry Potter series heretical based upon the characters' use of witchcraft. She has said that in order to consider whether they truly are heretical, Christians must analyze whether the writings of J.K. Rowling violate a number of core theological doctrines, including sin, evil, sacrifice, and grace. To that end, she offered the Yale seminar in order to offer students an opportunity for sustained discussion about the status of the series. She later used that sustained discussion as the basis for her first book, God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom. She has maintained that the books are not heretical and are in fact powerful tools for teaching theology to curious academics, seekers, and faithful Christians.
Tumminio has authored various editorials and feature articles on religious issues, many of which focus on the intersection between Christianity and popular culture. Her work has appeared in publications including CNN's Belief Blog, The Guardian, The Christian Century, State of Formation, and the Yale Daily News. She also regularly blogs for Huffington Post.
Tumminio has been interviewed for various national and international media outlets. Her take on Christianity's role in the Harry Potter series has been featured on televised broadcasts including CNN, Today Show Australia, and the national Canadian news talk show Connect with Mark Kelley. She has also appeared in radio broadcasts, including the Colin McEnroe Show and the nationally syndicated Bob and Sheri Show. Her interviews have been featured in print publications including Christianity Today, and Ministry Values.
In 2011, Tumminio appeared twice as a guest on the television show "Sister Wives." On the show, she asked the family questions about their marriage and religion and arranged for them to speak in an academic context.
Religious upbringing and commitments
Tumminio is ordained in the Episcopal Church of the United States, the tradition in which she was raised. She grew up singing in the girls' choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, which she credits for giving her extensive biblical, theological, and musical training at an early age. She sang during her college and graduate school years with the choir of Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut. She also was a member of the Yale Glee Club. She credits music as a powerful force in her ordination discernment.
Tumminio is a three time graduate of Yale University, where she studied with prominent theologians Marilyn McCord Adams, Emilie Townes, Miroslav Volf, and Serene Jones. She pursued doctoral studies at Boston University, beginning in 2008 under the direction of Shelly Rambo and Bryan Stone; her studies focus on the intersection between theology, trauma, and infertility. At Boston University, she studied with Elie Wiesel.
Life and career coaching
Tumminio is a licensed life and career coach and is certified through CoachU. As a coach, she works with clients across North America to add meaning and success to their personal and professional lives.
As a child, Tumminio was a first place winner on the PBS game show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego".
- Pottermania lives on in college classrooms - CNN.com
- Yale Daily News - Author Profile: Danielle Tumminio