Caryn D. Riswold, Ph.D., is Professor of Religion and serves as the Mike and Marge McCoy Family Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Heritage and Mission at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
‘Generation Roe’?: Neighbor-Care in the Shadow of Freedoms Lost
August/September 2022: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexuality (Volume 22 Issue 4)
 What will they call us? There is a micro-generation of women whose entire reproductive lives were carried out under the protection of Roe v. Wade. Those of us who came of age with the knowledge that we were (more or less) trusted to make our own decisions about when and how to parent. We […]
Two Short Reflections on Women’s Leadership as Teaching Theologians
August/September 2020: Women’s Leadership in the Church, State, and Academy (Volume 20 Issue 5)
L. DeAne Lagerquist, Caryn D. Riswold
Thank God for the Academic Vocation  Thank God for the academic vocation. Without it, I have no idea when I would eventually meet, know, and eventually become a female leader in the Lutheran church. Insofar as colleges and universities continue to exist as expressions of the church in the world, female faculty have a […]
Being Woman, Being Human, Doing Justice
September 2013: Gender Justice (Volume 13 Issue 5)
Caryn Riswold addresses two important concepts: the social construction of gender and the Lutheran theology of being created in God’s image. In speaking to all spheres of societal identifies, Riswold challenges the reader to think about how all gender identities can be protected and celebrated in the church as the image of God.
Shop the Fear Away, Girls! Man Up, Boys!
January 2012: Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: Forming Counter-Cultural Christians in an Age of Consumer Media / Advertising (Volume 12 Issue 1)
 Their sheer pervasiveness makes it hard to believe that Disney Princesses, reality television, toy commercials demanding that boys are “just different,” and the pinking of all things “girly” only took a commanding hold of our consumer culture after those jets brought down the World Trade Center towers live on morning television ten years ago. […]
Imago Dei and Coram Mundo: Theological Anthropology for Human Life Today or, The World is The Woman
January 2008 (Volume 8 Issue 1)
 My systematic theologian’s mind has serious limitations when it comes to talking about genetics, medical science, and the age of biological intervention. One thing I can say with a great deal of confidence is that science clearly shows us that human beings are complicated: in every way and at every level, physical and biological, […]