Serene Jones

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Lynda Serene Jones
Born (1959-07-31) July 31, 1959 (age 57)
New Haven, CT
Title President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary
Academic background
Education University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School
Alma mater Yale University (PhD)
Thesis year 1991
Academic work
Institutions Yale University
Union Theological Seminary
Notable works Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000)

Serene Jones (born July 31, 1959), is the President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She was formerly the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Gender, Woman, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.


  • University of Oklahoma, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981
  • Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, Special Student, Tamil Nadu, South India, 1983–84
  • Yale Divinity School, M. Div., Summa Cum Laude, 1985
  • Yale University, Ph.D., 1991


Born Lynda Serene Jones she is the eldest of three daughters. Her mother, Sarah Jones, was a licensed psychotherapist. Her father, Dr. Joe Robert Jones, was a graduate of Yale Divinity School and served as Dean of the Graduate Seminary (1975-1979) and President of Phillips University from 1979-1988. Serene is a graduate of Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma. Serene's sister Kindy Jones is Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. Her second sister, Verity Jones, is a former Disciples of Christ pastor and editor of DisciplesWorld.[1][2]

After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Jones earned a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1985 and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University in 1991. She is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. She taught at Yale University for 17 years. On July 1, 2008, Jones succeeded Joseph Hough as President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.[3]

Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 179-year-old interdenominational seminary, she occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union’s Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is the president of the American Academy of Religion for 2016.[4]


  • Jones has published 37 articles and book chapters since 1991.[5]




Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (1995). ""Women's experience" between a rock and a hard place: feminist, womanist and "mujerista" theologies in North America". Religious Studies Review. 21 (3): 171–178. 
  • ——— (2005). "Companionable Wisdoms: What Insights Might Feminist Theorists Gather from Feminist Theologians?". In Ward, Graham. The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 294–308. ISBN 978-1-405-12719-6. 
  • ——— (2001). "Bounded Openness: postmodernism, feminism, and the church today". Interpretation. 55 (1): 49–59. 


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