Molly Jensen

Assistant Professor of Religion

Areas of expertise

Jewish relational ethics; Religion and Literature; Food and Farming in the Judeo-Christian Traditions; Borderlands religious identities; Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Sense Perception


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


"'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" entries in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (London:  Continuum, 2004)

Seminars & Presentations

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

"Ethics of the Borderlands:  Blurring Boundaries of National Identity to Include a Recognition of Others," 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


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