Princeton University  Chapel

Deans of Religious Life

A Message from the Deans

We want to help Princeton University members to answer for themselves their own great questions of what to believe and how to live. We are available for individual counseling, discussions in classrooms or broader public settings, and other kinds of partnerships. We seek to engender the broadest kinds of exploration of religion, ethics, public policy, and community well-being.

Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel

The Rev. Dr. Alison L. Boden   609-258-6244 / Murray-Dodge 205A

The Rev. Dr. Alison L. Boden is Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University, a position she has held since August 2007.  Previously, she served twelve years as Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Senior Lecturer in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and as co-chair of its Human Rights Program board. 

Dean Boden is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and served as the Protestant chaplain at Union College as well as the University Chaplain for Bucknell University before joining the University of Chicago in 1995.  She received her A.B. in drama from Vassar College, her M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.  She has authored numerous articles and chapters on religion in addition to a book, Women’s Rights and Religious Practice (Palgrave 2007). 

At Princeton and Chicago, her course offerings have included such topics as religion and human rights, the rights of women, and religion and violence.  She has participated in a variety of capacities with numerous non-governmental organizations, including Religions for Peace, the Institute for Global Engagement, UNFPA, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and the Carter Center, particularly on the topic of women of faith as intentional agents of peace-building and security.

Dean Boden preaches regularly in the University Chapel.





Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel

Dr. Theresa Thames

The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames   609-258-3621 / Murray-Dodge 206

The Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Dean Thames served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years before joining the ORL staff. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Human Communication Studies, received her M.Div. with a concentration in Gender Studies from Duke Divinity School and her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Seminary. Dean Thames is passionate about the intersections of theology, community, and social justice. 


Associate Dean of Religious Life

Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D.

Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D.  609-258-6245 / Murray-Dodge 201

Matthew Weiner served for ten years as Program Director for the Interfaith Center of New York, where he developed a methodology for engaging religiously diverse communities through civil society, working with over 500 grassroots religious leaders and the New York State Court System, the New York Public Library, Catholic Charities, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the United Nations. He earned a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and an BA from New York University. He writes about public religion, interfaith and civil society, and engaged Buddhism.