Lynn Jencks Doctoral Candidate, Religious Studies

Lynn Jencks is a doctoral candidate in Theology and Religious Reflection in Northwestern's Department of Religious Studies. Her studies in Contextual and Liberation Theologies focus on expanding the categories of what constitutes theological expression, and who is considered a theologian. She studies methods of collaborating with communities, particularly communities of women, whose non-written theological expressions are under-represented in scholarly theological publications. Her dissertation therefore focuses on engaged ethnography as a theological method. Specifically, she demonstrates a theological method that uses Participatory Action Research-based ethnography, a collaborative model that focuses on the research goals and interests of the interlocutors.