Stephanie Mota Thurston
Religion & Society
Stephanie Mota Thurston is a PhD Student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She holds an MAR from Yale Divinity School, with a concentration in ethics, and a BA in Religious Studies and Politics from Scripps College. She is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow for Princeton Seminary’s Certificate of Theology and Ministry program, overseeing the inside-outside prison cohort. Stephanie’s research and teaching interests include religion and politics, political theory and political theology. More specifically, she focuses on ethical theory, moral formation, and the place of religion in contemporary democratic theory and citizenship theory. Of primary importance for her research is the way in which institutional structures and arrangements, on all organizational levels within a political community, influence the moral formation of their members. Stephanie is also interested in ethnography and qualitative methods as modes of engaging sites of moral and civic formation, namely schools and prisons.
“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”