Gretel Van Wieren

Gretel Van Wieren

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Michigan State University

Gretel Van Wieren is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University where her courses focus on religion, ethics, and the environment. She is author of Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice (Oregon State University Press, 2019, forthcoming), Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) and Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013).  

Van Wieren’s articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Environmental EthicsConservation BiologyWorldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. She is recipient of a 2016–18 Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls grant on the New Ethics of Food, and a 2015 H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest writing residency. Van Wieren received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. She grew up on west Michigan’s lakeshore and currently resides in Okemos, Michigan, with her husband, MSU professor Jeff Ericksen, and three children, Inga, Clara, and Carl. 

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