Rycenga, Jennifer J

Rycenga, Jennifer J

Professor, Humanities Department
Coordinator, Comparative Religious Studies Program

Email

Preferred: jennifer.rycenga@sjsu.edu

Alternate: jrycenga@earthlink.net

Telephone

Preferred: (408) 924-1367

Alternate: (650) 440-0063 (cell)

Office Hours

MW 3:00 - 4:30 (F16)

Education

  • 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

Bio

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 finishing a cultural biography of white Abolitionist educator Prudence Crandall (1803-1890) and her Black students, tentatively entitled Ever Budding into Life. Another co-edited volume, The Mary Daly Reader, with Linda Barufaldi, is due out in December 2016. 

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 716 species, and over 1400 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.

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