Mary Jo Neitz is Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is a founding member of the MU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and holds a Ph.D in sociology. She taught feminist theories and methodologies to graduate and undergraduate students. She studies religious practices and experiences in a variety of settings, primarily in the US. She serves as the United States representative on the Governing Council of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. She lives with two young cats in beautiful Boone County, just a few miles from the Missouri River, and she celebrates native plants inside and outside of her gardens.