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Lecturer (Academic Quarter)
Michelle Mueller graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Religion and Classical Studies. She knew early on she wanted to pursue a career as a professor and also felt called to religious leadership and interfaith. Prof. Mueller moved to Berkeley in 2005 to attend seminary, where she earned a masters in divinity from Pacific School of Religion. After her masters, Prof. Mueller sought ministry experience before embarking on her doctorate. She started a track as Director of Religious Education (running children's and youth programs) for a Unitarian Universalist church in NJ. Mueller has now worked for two Unitarian Universalist congregations since, keeping one foot in academia and the other in ministry. Three years later, Mueller returned to Berkeley and is now completing a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union. Her research interests include ritual studies, religion and sexuality, women's and gender studies in religion, new religious movements, religion in America, Greco-Roman religions, Christianity in late antiquity, and anthropology of religion. Mueller has attended two Parliaments of the World's Religions: Barcelona in 2004 and Melbourne in 2009. She is also a Newhall Teaching Fellow of the Graduate Theological Union for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Teaching: TESP 4 The Christian Tradition
Review of Re-riting Woman: Dianic Wicca and the Feminine Divine, by Kristy S. Coleman, Pomegranate: International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol. 14 No. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 325-28.
"Separate but Equal? Gender and Mormonism and the Curious Case of Wife of the Prophet," Mormon Scholars Foundation Summer Conference, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, July 2012.
"Women of the World at the Parliament of the World's Religions, 1893," co-presented with Allison Stokes of the Women's Interfaith Institute, Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, Australia, 2009.