Graduate Theological Union

Women's Studies in Religion

Welcome to Women's Studies in Religion at the Graduate Theological Union


"One of the great benefits of this certificate program is that I was able to look through a feminist lens in every course I took. This enriched my learning in powerful ways. I also tried to contribute to class discussions by foregrounding women's issues and concerns, which ultimately have a profound impact on all of us. Every time I look at my WSR Certificate I feel a sense of passion to continue the good work of those who came before me seeking 'justice for all.'”

— Jodi Tharan

The program for Women's Studies in Religion affirms the Graduate Theological Union's long-standing commitment to women's studies in theology and religion. It builds upon the network of academic and community centers, as well as initiatives established by GTU member schools and affiliates, for the study and support of women in religion. The program recognizes the innovative work contributed by women faculty in theological and religious disciplines.

Women's Studies in Religion

The Women's Studies in Religion certificate serves graduate students at the GTU and its member schools who are interested in an academic emphasis on women's studies in religion and/or theology.

The Women's Studies in Religion Colloquium Series offers workshops, forums, and conferences, fostering research and scholarly exchange on women and religion. The series is open to GTU students and the wider community. Expanding its network, the program for Women's Studies in Religion is a member of the Gender Consortium at UC Berkeley and is recognized by its Department of Gender and Women's Studies' Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.

Steering Committee:

Jennifer Davidson (American Baptist Seminary of the West), Chair

Sharon Fennema (Pacific School of Religion) 

Lisa Fullam (Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University)

Valerie Miles-Tribble (American Baptist Seminary of the West) 

Sheryl Johnson (Doctoral Student in Theology and Ethics, GTU), Program Coordinator

Therese Bjornaas (Doctoral Student in Theology, GTU)

Leslie Bowling-Dyer (Doctoral Student in Ethics & Social Theory, GTU)

Luke Hansen, SJ (MDiv, JST)

Kathleen Bean (Certificate in Anglican Studies, CDSP)


*We are currently accepting applications for new student committee members. Students should write a letter of interest saying why they would like to serve on the committee and that also tells us something about their experience with Women’s Studies and also include a copy of their CV. Applications should be sent to Sheryl Johnson (