Ines W. Jindra (AY 2019-2020)
Ines W. Jindra is currently an associate professor of social work in the department of sociology and social work at Gordon College, and a visiting scholar at the Boisi Center for the academic year of 2019-2020. Prior to coming to Gordon College and the Boisi Center, she has taught at Spring Arbor University in Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.
She is interested in narrative biographical research, in homelessness, poverty, and urban issues, as well as in religious conversion and the role of faith-based social welfare organizations, and is the author of A New Model of Religious Conversion (Brill, 2014) and other articles on religious conversion, biographical sociology, and nonprofits.
While at the Boisi Center, she will be working on a book project on religion, religious conversion and biographical trajectories of residents of three homeless shelters, using narrative biographical interviews. The goal is to understand how residents use the “religious tools” provided by some of the shelters and how they connect these to their own faith journeys and biographical trajectories.