Kara serves as Associate Chaplain at ECP and Associate Rector at Trinity Church. She lives in Procter House with her dog, Deacon of Durham.
A native of Pensacola, Florida and lifelong Southerner, Kara received her PhD in Christian theology and ethics at Duke University in 2018, with research interests that include Karl Barth, Søren Kierkegaard, and the ethics of science, technology, and medicine. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering (and served on the faculty there) before joining NASA as a research engineer. After leaving government service, she returned to Duke in 2009 as a student in the Divinity School, and stayed on for her second doctorate.
Most recently, she was on the staff of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, and has worked in suburban and rural parishes in North Carolina and Alabama. At Princeton, she is a Fellow of Rockefeller College. She serves on the Committee for the Priesthood of the Diocese of New Jersey and the General Board of Examining Chaplains, and is also the chair of the Society of Scholar-Priests.