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Jean Molesky-Poz

Jean Molesky-Poz
Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer

A graduate of Cardinal Stritch College (B.A.) and San Jose State University (M.A.), Dr. Molesky-Poz received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. Her dissertation examined the public emergence of contemporary Maya Spirituality in the Guatemalan highlands. Prior to joining the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University in 2004, she was for seventeen years a member of the Ethnic Studies faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. She retired from SCU in 2017, though teaches in the GPPM. Her research interests include cultural and spiritual identities; contextual theology; spirituality and personal development, and the charism of St. Clare of Assisi and the San Damiano community.   The Interpreter, her present project, structured on the great epic, Popol Vuh, discloses the complicated life of exile within the contemporary Maya world— both in the highlands and in the United States.



SPIR 244 Spirituality and Ministry


TESP 118 Clare of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola 

TESP 176 Nature, Humanity, Spirituality / Finding Your Own Spirituality

RSOC 41 Women and Spirituality

RSOC 145R:  Native American Myth, Memory and History


“Saint Clare of Assisi: ‘May You Go Forward Securely.’” The Journal of World Christianity 7:1 (2017) 9-27.

“’Together with Those Who Hold the Treasure’: Clare of Assisi on Relational Spirituality,” in Where We Dwell in Common: The Quest for Dialogue in the Twenty-First Century (ed. Gerard Mannion; Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue Series; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) 55-69.

“Did She Tell Her Oldest Girl About the Courage Women Call On?” The Way of St. Francis 19:3 (2013) 4-11. 

“At the Ambo: The Unique Perspective of Women Preachers,” America (11 October 2013). Online,

Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2006.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae