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Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Christian Formation
Department of Practical Theology
103 Tennent Hall
Phone: 609.497.7983
Fax: 609.279.9014
Email: [email protected]


Bo Karen Lee is associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her BA in religious studies from Yale University, her MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and her ThM and PhD from Princeton Seminary. She furthered her studies in the returning scholars program at the University of Chicago, received training as a spiritual director from Oasis Ministries, and was a Mullin Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies. Her book, Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon, argues that surrender of self to God can lead to the deepest joy in God. Currently, she is working on a volume, The Soul of Higher Education, which explores contemplative pedagogies and research strategies. In 2008, she received the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and gave a series of international lectures that included the topic, “The Face of the Other: An Ethic of Delight.” She is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and the American Academy of Religion; she recently served on the Governing Board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and is on the editorial  board of the journal, Spirtus, as well as on the steering committee of the Christian Theology and Bible Group of the Society of Biblical Literature. Before joining Princeton faculty, she taught in the Theology Department at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed courses with a vibrant service-learning component for students to work at shelters for women recovering from drug addiction and sex trafficking. She now enjoys teaching classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition to taking students on retreats and hosting meditative walks along nature trails.

Major Publications

Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon (Notre Dame University Press, 2014)
“The Face of the Other: An Ethic of Delight,” Ogbomoso Journal of Theology, Volume XVI, Winter 2011
“Madame Jeanne Guyon:  A Short and Very Easy Method of Prayer,” in Christian Spirituality: The Classics, ed. Arthur Holder (Routledge, 2009)