Kathleen E. Jenkins

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Kathleen E. Jenkins (Ph.D. Brandeis University, Sociology – BA/MA Religious Studies, Brown University) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. She has published articles in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion , Social Forces, and Teaching Sociology . Her first book, Awesome Families: The Promise of Healing Relationships in the International Churches of Christ (2005) was published by Rutgers University Press. Her second book, Sacred Divorce: Religion, Therapeutic Culture, and Ending Life Partnerships (2014), published by Rutgers as well, is an ethnography of religious individuals’ experience of ending life partnerships in Catholic, Jewish, Black Baptist, Mainline, and Evangelical Protestant traditions. She is the Co-Director of the Pilgrimage Institute at the College of William and Mary and her current ethnographic project explores the experiences of parents and their emerging adult children who walk the Camino de Santiago in northwest Spain.

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