Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Jesse joined the Truman faculty in 2000. Dr. Jesse holds a doctorate in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School, a master’s of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, a master’s in English literature from Butler University, and a bachelor’s in journalism from Kent State University. Dr. Jesse’s areas of specialization include historical and contemporary Christian thought; faith and reason; religion and literature; religion and science, and the works of William Blake. She is the author of William Blake’s Religious Vision: There’s a Methodism in his Madness (Lexington Books, 2013). She has published articles on interdisciplinary study, religion and science, historical and contemporary liberal religious thought in America, American public theology, radical empiricist epistemology, and Chicago School theologian Shailer Mathews in such journals as the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy; Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and Encounter. She also has published dictionary entries and book chapters on radical empiricism, William Adams Brown, Shirley Jackson Case, and Bernard Meland in the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (Thoemmes Press, 2004); Pragmatism, Neo-Pragmatism, and Religion:  Conversations with Richard Rorty, ed. Charley D. Hardwick and Donald A. Crosby (Peter Lang Publishing, 1997); and New Essays in Religious Naturalism, ed. W. Creighton Peden and Larry E. Axel (Mercer University Press, 1993). She is past Editor of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy (2000 through 2009), past President of the American Theological Society (Midwest Division), past Vice President of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, and a member of the American Academy of Religion. She has served in numerous roles for Truman’s Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, including President.