Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the sixteenth president of Union Theological Seminary, the first woman president in the Seminary's 172-year history, where she is also the Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology. Previously the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, Dr. Jones went to Union after seventeen years on the Yale University faculty, where she also served as chair and faculty member of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has held faculty appointments at Yale Law School and in the Yale Departments of African American Studies and Religious Studies.

Dr. Jones is a prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, and gender studies. In addition to publishing 37 articles and book chapters since 1991, she has delivered a long list of professional papers and public lectures across the United States and around the world. She is the author of Feminist Theory and Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000) and Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety (1995). She co-edited Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics (2006), Constructive Theology: A Contemporary Engagement with Classical Themes (2005), Liberating Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Letty Russell (1999), and Setting the Table: Women in Theological Conversation (1995).

Dr. Jones earned her Ph.D. and M.Div. in theology from Yale Divinity School. She holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Dr. Jones is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She has received grants from the Pew Scholars and the Louisville Institute and was co-principal investigator on the "Women, Religion, and Globalization Grant" for the Henry T. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs. From 1996-2006, she served on the advisory board of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology at Wabash College in Indiana, and from 1999 to 2005 she co-convened the Constructive Theology Workgroup, a national organization of progressive theologians.