Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

Interim Director

Leslie Virnelson
PhD Candidate, Biblical Studies
Interim Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

Leslie Virnelson is a PhD Candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary and interim director for the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender. She holds an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her dissertation focuses on specialized roles for women in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament – specifically midwives, prostitutes, diviners, and weavers. Her central interest in these roles is how they are presented in texts, as well as the symbolic value of these feminine roles. Leslie’s research and teaching interests include gender, prophecy, and materiality in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. She is also interested in Syriac literature. Leslie offers adult education classes at local churches focused on intersectional feminist biblical interpretation.

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Scholar and Theological Educator

Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”