Department ofReligious Studies

Lynn Jencks

Lynn Jencks

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Lynn Jencks received her B.A. in Celtic Studies from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University in 2000.  She earned her M.A. in Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 2008, where she wrote a thesis on the agendas of the wealthy in medieval English church windows.  She received a Mellon Doctoral Fellowship from Northwestern University in 2008 to pursue a PhD.  She will receive her PhD in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gender & Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in December of 2016.  Her dissertation is entitled “¡Bendecidos, Encendidos, y en Victoria!  An Ethnographic Study of Latina/o Immigrant Charismatic Catholicism.”

While attending Northwestern University, she received offers for dissertation fellowships both from the Louisville Institute and the American Association of University Women.  She also received the Graduate Award for Excellent in Undergraduate Teaching for her course in Christian contextual and liberation theologies.  She has published several articles, including her most recent, “Depression, Psychotherapy, and Healing Amongst Hispanic Immigrant Charismatic Catholics in the United States” in DeGruyter’s Open Theology (2016).

Her research interests include contextual and liberation Christian theologies, particularly feminist and womanist perspectives; ethnography as a theological method; and Celtic religions.

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