Jennifer Newsome Martin

Jennifer Newsome Martin

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D, University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

19th and 20th century Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox thought, Theological Aesthetics, Trinitarian Theology, Religion and Literature, Ressourcement Theology, French Feminisms

Selected Publications

Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).

“Balthasar avec Kristeva: On the Recovery of a Baroque Teresa of Avila,” Modern Theology 37:1 (January 2021): pp. 23-43.

“Memory Matters: Ressourcement Theology’s Debt to Henri Bergson,” International Journal of Systematic Theology, in press.

“Olivier Messiaen and the Promise of Avant-Garde Traditionalism,” in Communio: International Catholic Review 44:4 (Winter 2017).

“The Whence and the Whither of Balthasar’s Gendered Theology: Rehabilitating Kenosis for Feminist Theology,” Modern Theology 31:2 (April 2015).


Jennifer Newsome Martin is a Catholic systematic theologian with particular expertise in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Her first book, Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought, was one of 10 winners internationally of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. She serves on the editorial board of Religion & Literature and the University of Notre Dame Press and has a history of leadership positions with the Hans Urs von Balthasar Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the steering committees for the Christian Systematic Theology Unit and the Eastern Orthodox Studies Unit in the American Academy of Religion. She has a joint appointment in the Program of Liberal Studies.



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