Jean Heriot came to Hastings College in the summer of 2003 to be the Associate Director of Vocational Discernment and Service Learning in the HC Vocation and Values Program. Her primary interests lie in bringing together the intellect and the spirit through teaching and service.
Jean received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of California in Los Angeles. She studied a Southern Baptist congregation and examined their concept of salvation for her dissertation. She subsequently published Blessed Assurance: Belief, Action, and the Experience of Salvation in a Carolina Baptist Church (University of Tennessee Press, 1994).
After graduation, Jean taught cultural anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Tulsa, and Hamilton College. She began a new research project examining liberal women's views of religion and received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. While there, she explored her call to ministry and subsequently attended Pacific School of Religion where she received her master of divinity in 1999. Jean is an ordained minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
Before coming to Hastings College, Jean taught religion at Santa Clara University and served as a community minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, California. Her publications include articles in Religious Studies Review, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and El studio cientifico de la Religion a fines del sigio XX.
Her hobbies include oil painting, hiking, and backpacking.