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Research Centers & Initiatives

Center for Barth Studies

Karl Barth (1886-1968), the Swiss-German professor and pastor, is regarded by many as a modern day "Church Father." The Center for Barth Studies was established in 1997. Administered by a board of seminary faculty, the Center sponsors conferences, research opportunities, discussion groups, and publications.

Center for Barth Studies

Center for Black Church Studies

The Center for Black Church Studies exists to highlight the theological and religious witness, which arises out of the African American and African Diaspora Christian experience. The center helps to prepare men and women for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits shaped by a wider knowledge and deeper appreciation of black life within American and global Christianity.

Center for Black Church Studies

Hispanic Theological Initiative

The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) exists to create and nurture a community of Latina/o scholars to serve the academy and the church through the combined efforts of a consortium of member schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Hispanic Theological Initiative

Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy

The purpose of the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy (CSSP) is to promote and encourage the highest levels of research and study of Scottish philosophy. The CSSP is under the direction of Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts. He is founding editor of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy and general Editor of the Oxford History of Scottish Philosophy.

Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy

Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender (CTWG) was established to address issues related to the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality in church and society. Through conferences, coursework, and events, the Center shapes students, alumni, and church leaders to be change agents regarding the pressing issues of inequality facing our world. The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender is also home to the Women in Ministry Initiative (WIM) and two student groups—the Women’s Center, and BGLASS (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Supporters).

Center for Theology, Women, and Gender

Urban Ministry Initiatives

The urban environment is complex, constantly changing, and always challenging. Princeton Theological Seminary finds itself in a unique geographical location as it is centered in the I-95 and Route 1 corridors with New York City to the Northeast, Philadelphia to the Southwest, and the urbanized centers of Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, NJ just eight miles down the road. The Urban Ministry Initiatives at Princeton Theological Seminary recognize the multi-layered dimensions of urban ministry. Through the collaboration of the faculty, Office of Field Education, Office of Multicultural Relations, the Center of Continuing Education, and urban community practitioners, we seek to respectfully engage the intersection of urban, political and church mission in the greater Trenton-Mercer County context.

Urban Ministry Initiatives

Visiting Scholar Program

The Seminary offers its facilities to a limited number of mature scholars who wish to engage in research, ideally meant for a scholar on sabbatical leave from her/his institution. Such persons may apply for status as visiting scholars for one semester or the academic year, September through May, which will grant them one or more privileges in regard to the use of the Seminary’s resources: namely, the Seminary's library and Firestone Library of Princeton University, auditing classes, and low-rental furnished apartments may be among these privileges extended. The Seminary's visiting scholar program is for individuals whose primary purpose for residence is to conduct independent research. 

Visiting Scholar Program

The Women in Ministry Initiative

The Women in Ministry Initiative (WIM) honors, celebrates, and remembers all women associated with Princeton Theological Seminary since its founding. These women include graduates, staff, administrators, faculty, field education supervisors, friends, supporters, and volunteers. WIM also offers ongoing support to, and advocacy for, women in their service to God, the church and the world.

The Women in Ministry Initiative

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”