HTI Alumni

Stephanie Mota Thurston

Stephanie Mota Thurston

Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Illinois

Field of Study: Religion and Society 

Stephanie Mota Thurston is an Assistant Professor in the Religion Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies and Politics from Scripps College and earned her M.A.R in Ethics from the Divinity School at Yale University. She completed her Ph.D. at Princeton Seminary, in the Religion and Society Department. Her dissertation, titled Making Citizens in a Credential Society: Identities, Values, and Practices at Brooklyn High, is an ethnographic study of moral and civic formation at a Title I public high school. Dr. Thurston’s research and teaching interests include religion and politics, philosophical and theological social ethics, political theory and political theology. Thurston has taught and written on complicity and moral responsibility and is especially interested in moral and political questions concerning school segregation, policing and prisons, and gendered institutional disparities.