Molly Jensen

Assistant Professor of Religion

Areas of expertise

Feminist and Ecological Ethics; Borderlands Religious Identities and Ethics; Food and Agriculture in Jewish and Christian Traditions; Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Sense Perception; Ethics and Immigration


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 2002
M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School 1995
B.A., Centre College 1991

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses


"Cultivating a Sense of Place in Religious Studies." Teaching Theology and Religion 18 Jan. 2015: 3-19.

"Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Texas Garden." Insights: Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary 2012: 15-19.

"'Fleshing' Out an Ethic of Diversity." Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy: Dwelling in the Landscapes of Thought. eds. Suzanne L. Cataldi and William S. Hamrick.  Albany:  State University of New York, 2007.

"Paula Gunn Allen,"  "Susan Griffin," and "Vandana Shiva." The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. London:  Continuum, 2004.

--with Schiller et al. "Community Ecological Indicators to Decision Makers and the Public. Conservation Ecology 5, 2001:  19-40.

--with Russell et al.  "Experimenting with multi-attribute utility survey methods in a multi-dimensional valuation problem."  Ecological Economics 36, 2001:  87-108.

Seminars & Presentations

"Topos Revisited:  Ethical, Epistemological, Ecological Habitations,"  Panel Respondent, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 2014.

"Teaching for Ecological Care," Paper Presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, New York, June 2014.

"Paul Klee and Maurice Merleau-Ponty Elude Border Patrol," Paper Presentation,  International Merleau-Ponty Circle Meeting, September 2009

"Ethics of the Borderlands:  Blurring Boundaries of National Identity to Include a Recognition of Others," Paper Presentation, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, November 2002

"Fleshing Our an Ethics of Diversity," International Merleau-Ponty Circle Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, September 2002

Philosophical Theology Panel Moderator, Southwestern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Dallas, Texas, March 2002

"Political Humor and an Ethic of Resistance for African Americans in the Jim Crow South and Jews in Stalinist Russia,"  Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, March 2001

Groups & Affiliations

Steering Committee Member, Feminist Theory and Religious Reflection Group, American Academy of Religion.

Editorical Board, Journal of Childhood and Religion


Hiking, running, swimming, yoga, and playing with my family