Faculty Profile

Jennifer McKinney

Jennifer McKinney

Professor of Sociology, Director of Women's Studies, Co-Chair Sociology Department

Email: mckinj@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2595
Office: Alexander Hall 310

Education: PhD, Purdue University; MS, Purdue University; BA, Kentucky Wesleyan College. At SPU since 2001.

Dr. Jennifer McKinney is professor of sociology and director of Women’s Studies at Seattle Pacific University.  Her research interests include gender, family, and religion. She is co-author (with Dr. Martin Lee Abbott) of Understanding and Applying Research Design and has published articles in Contexts, Teaching Sociology, The Sociological Quarterly, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and
Christianity Today.

Selected publications

McKinney, Jennifer. Forthcoming. “Transgender,” in Doing Justice: Diverse Responses to Divisive Issues edited by Hak Joon Lee and Tim Dearborn. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

McKinney, Jennifer and Karen A. Snedker. 2017. “Hosting a Tent City: Student Engagement and Homelessness.” Teaching Sociology 45(3): 252-259.

McKinney, Jennifer and Karen Snedker. 2016. “From Charity to Change.”Contexts 15(2):80-82.

McKinney, Jennifer. 2015. “Sects and Gender: Resistance and Reaction to Cultural Change.” Priscilla Papers 29(4): 15-25. 

Books authored:

Understanding and Applying Research Design, Wiley and Sons, 2013.

Please see Jennifer McKinney’s CV for more information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Jennifer McKinney, Professor of Sociology, Director of Women’s Studies

“Within the context of a Christian liberal arts education, the discipline of sociology allows us to look to the social forces that impact individuals, institutions, and societies. By making the invisible visible, we are able to critique systems of inequality that inhibit our ability to live faithful lives. At SPU we learn to actively participate in the restoration of a suffering world.”