Claire L. Sahlin, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the Graduate School


Teaching Areas: Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's Studies, Feminist Theories, Feminism and Religion, Feminist Ethics, Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality and Activism, Feminist Pedagogies, New Directions in Feminist and Womanist Theories, Transdisciplinary Studies Colloquium, Holistic Pedagogies Colloquium

Research Areas: Religion in women's studies classrooms, feminist perspectives on religion and spirituality, ecofeminism, feminist ethics, women's spirituality in later Medieval Europe, single-sex education, the institutional development of women's studies


Degree Date Field Institution
Ph.D. 1996 The Study of Religion Harvard University
M.A. 1991 The Study of Religion Harvard University
M.T.S. 1986 Theological Studies Harvard University, The Divinity School
B.A. 1982 Philosophy and Psychology, summa cum laude Bethel College

Selected Publications

  1. Sahlin, Claire L. “Holy Women of Medieval Scandinavia: A Survey.” Medieval Holy Women in the Christian Tradition: Twelfth through Fifteenth Centuries. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols International Academic Publishers, forthcoming. In press.
  2. Sahlin, Claire L. “Gender and the Paradoxes of Religious Authority: Birgitta of Sweden’s Encounters with Archbishop Bernard of Naples.” Santa Brigida, Napoli, L’Italia 2009: 95-103. Print.
  3. Sahlin, Claire L. “Texas Woman’s University: Threats to Institutional Autonomy and Conflict Over the Admission of Men.” The Coed Challenge: The Fate of Women’s Colleges Since the 1960s 2006: 108-144. Print.
  4. Sahlin, Claire L. “Vital to the Institutional Mission and Key to Survival: Women’s Studies at Women’s Colleges.” NWSA Journal 2005: 164-70.
  5. Sahlin, Claire L. Birgitta of Sweden and the Voice of Prophecy. Studies in Medieval Mysticism, Vol. 3. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2001.
  6. Sahlin, Claire L. “Preaching and Prophesying: The Public Proclamation of Birgitta of Sweden’s Revelations.” Performance and Transformation: New Approaches to Late Medieval Spirituality 1999: 69-96. Print.
  7. Sahlin, Claire L. “The Prophetess as Preacher: Birgitta of Sweden and the Voice of Prophecy.” Medieval Sermon Studies 40 1997: 29-44. Print.
  8. Sahlin, Claire L. “Gender and Prophetic Authority in Birgitta of Sweden’s Revelations.” Gender and Text in the Later Middle Ages 1996: 69-95. Print.

Honors, Awards & Services

Date Award/Service Institution
2007 Summer Research Stipend TWU
2005 Multidisciplinary Research Grant TWU
2004, 2001 Research Enhancement Program Award TWU
2003-2004 President American Academy of Religion, Southwest Region
1999-2004 Regional Representative National Womens Studies Association (NWSA), South-Central Region
2003 Summer Stipend National Endowment for the Humanities
2003 Outstanding Honors Faculty of the Year TWU

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