Jenny Wiley Legath is a scholar of religion, with special interests in the history of American women and Christianity. She is Associate Director of the Center for Culture, Society and Religion at Princeton University and served as Acting Director in 2019-2020. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Religion. Legath received her doctorate from Princeton University, her Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and her bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.
On June 23, 2022, the United States Supreme Court, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen rendered one of the most significant decisions ever to be issued on the Second Amendment. The impact of the Bruen decision is already being felt in major changes to gun regulations and increased legal challenges to existing gun…
Abstract: My presentation will address religion and armed self-defense in the United States through an examination of the historical emergence of religiously inflected gun cultures.
On Dec. 29, 2019, a man with a gun killed two people during a Sunday morning service at the West Freeway Church of Christ before…
Jenny Wiley Legath
Center for Culture, Society and Religion
Green Hall, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
jlegath AT princeton DOT edu