verna ehret
Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Professor
Preston 204

Dr. Verna Marina Ehret is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society.  She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Religious Thought from the University of Iowa, an M.A.R. in Philosophy of Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Hamline University.  Her primary fields of study are philosophical and constructive theology.  Her most recent publications include “Embodied Pedagogy: Ricoeur and Becoming Oneself” in Ricoeur and Pedagogy from Rowman and Littlefield, 2020, and “Contemporary Religious Changes in the U.S.: Responses to the Fracturing of Religious Life” in Religions, 2019. She is the editor the Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society, and currently a guest editor for a special issue of Religions on Narrative Theology and Religious Change. Dr. Ehret is also co-editor for he Tillich Research series from DeGruyter Press, and serves on a variety of steering committees for the American Academy of Religion.  

In teaching, Dr. Ehret is particularly concerned with the ways understanding religion affects how we live in the world to promote cooperative and just societies. She therefore teaches not only the introductory course to Religious Studies and the Capstone Ethics course, but also courses in Islam, globalized religion, religion and violence, philosophy of religion, and religion and environment.