Rycenga, Jennifer J

Rycenga, Jennifer J

Professor, Humanities
Professor Humanities Department Coordinator Comparative Religious Studies Program


Preferred: jennifer.rycenga@sjsu.edu

Alternate: jrycenga@earthlink.net


Preferred: 408/924-1367

Alternate: (650) 440-0063 (cell)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Theological Union, 1992
  • Master of Arts, Religious Studies, Sacred Heart Univ, Connecticut, United States, 1984
  • Master of Music, Music Composition, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Yale Univ, Connecticut, United States, 1980


Jennifer Rycenga is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at San José State University. Her areas of interest include American religious history, religion and music, feminist analyses of religion, lesbian history, religion and politics, and feminist analyses of music.

She has published numerous articles, and co-edited the volumes Frontline Feminisms with Marguerite Waller (Routledge, 2000), and Queering the Popular Pitch with Sheila Whiteley (Routledge, 2006). She is currently working on a cultural biography of white Abolitionist educator Prudence Crandall (1803-1890), and co-editing Sin Big: The Mary Daly Reader, with Linda Barufaldi. She is also working on two edited volumes: Amazon Freethinker with Emily Culpepper, and That Word is Liberty: Essays on Matilda Joslyn Gage.

She received the Ph.D. in the area of Religion and Music from the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. She has been teaching at SJSU since 1995.

Prof. Rycenga is an avid birder, with a North American Life List of 701 species, and over 1300 species worldwide. Ask her about your backyard visitors and encounters with birds that go bump in the night! She serves as president of the Sequoia Audubon Society in San Mateo county.