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Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

Interim Co-Directors

Margaret Elwell
PhD Candidate, Religion & Society
Interim Co-Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

margaret.elwell@ptsem.edu

Margaret “Maggie” Elwell is a PhD candidate in the Religion & Society Program and Co-Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, an MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University (with National Board Certification in English), and a BA with Honors in English Literature and Religion from Swarthmore College. Her research interests include religion and literature, critical and literary ethics, modern and contemporary literature, theories of time, structures of violence, and intersectional and anti-racist feminism.

Elwell is a former Baltimore City Schools teacher and remains a nationally certified English teacher. She is dedicated to the work of advancing women’s leadership, now as Co-Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender, and including planning the first Women’s Conference at Princeton Seminary in 2017, supporting and strengthening the Women in Ministry Initiative, and providing consulting and research for the Iron Sharpening Iron Project to advance more women to senior leadership positions in the church via a grant from the Lilly Foundation. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Stephanie Mota Thurston
PhD Candidate, Religion & Society
Interim Co-Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender
stephanie.thurston@ptsem.edu

Stephanie Mota Thurston is a PhD Candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary and Co-Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender. 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.

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Assistant Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University

Amanda Hontz Drury, Class of 2005

“Princeton Seminary helped me whittle down to the core of my faith and helped me discover what mattered most to me.”