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. She describes her dissertation, “The Timing of Violence: A Critical Literary Intervention,” as follows: “When a linear story is disrupted or impossible, interpretation of time becomes an ethical consideration. Understanding how time is manipulated and managed in imaginative and literary processes leads to more just interpretations of violence.”
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).