Rev. Dr Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and President-elect of the American Academy of Religion. The first woman to head the 178-year-old interdenominational seminary, Dr Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union's Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. Dr Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. She is a leading theologian and the author of several books, including Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace.