Irene Elizabeth Stroud


Beth Stroud received her PhD in the Religion in America subfield in June 2018. She is currently a Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Sarah Lawrence College. Beth is working on a book about liberal Protestants and eugenics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tentatively titled “A Loftier Race: Liberal Protestants and Eugenics, 1870-1930,” the book will argue that a soteriology rooted in Horace Bushnell’s theory of Christian nurture, together with privileged racial and class identities, predisposed liberal Protestants to embrace faulty and destructive ideas about human reproduction. Beth has also been a Research Fellow for ACPE, Inc., where she collaborated with principal investigators on several publications about education and training for health care chaplaincy, and has co-authored a chapter in Faith on the Avenue (Katie Day, Oxford, 2013), a study of nearly 100 congregations on a single city street in Philadelphia. Formerly a United Methodist pastor, she holds an S.T.M. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.