About Caryn

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition.  She is Professor of Religion and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion.  She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

She is the author of three books and many articles in academic, denominational, and online journals.

Caryn is presently serving a four year term on the board of the Lilly Fellows Program National Network, an organization committed to enhancing church-related higher education across the U.S.  She was a postdoctoral fellow in the program at Valparaiso University from 2000-2002, and now serves as a faculty representative to the network for Illinois College.  She is currently contributing to the Council of Independent Colleges’ Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education as part of its Scholarly Resources Project.

In 2012, Caryn was one of twenty participants in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.