Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1971) is a social and cross-cultural psychologist who has taught at Eastern since 1994, along with her husband, Old Testament Scholar Raymond Van Leeuwen (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1983). Her research interests also include the history of psychology, philosophy of science and social science, and the psychology of gender, and she has taught courses on a regular basis in all of these areas. ¬†For many years she also taught an interdisciplinary, senior-level course on 'Constructing a Christian World View.'
Dr. Van Leeuwen has conducted cross-cultural field research in Zambia (on the influence of culture on visual perception) and in the Central African Republic (comparing the impact of subsistence style on childrearing style and cognitive style among hunter-gatherers and subsistence farming families). ¬†During the decade 1900-2000 she was a member of the interdisciplinary 'Religion, Culture, and family' Project, sponsored by the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Dr. Van Leeuwen is a member and teaching elder of the Ardmore (PA) Presbyterian Church, where one of her chief responsibilities is is the planning and co-ordination of an urban vegetable garden which supplies fresh produce for an inner city Presbyterian church in West Philadelphia.
PhD, Northwestern University
MA, Northwestern University
BA, Queen's University, Kingston Canada
Research and Selected Publications
Louise H. Kidder and V. Mary Stewart: ¬†Intergroup Relations (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974). ¬†Also translated into German as Voruteile: Zur Sozialpsychologie von Gruppenbeziehlingen (Weinhein und Basel: Beltz Verlag, 1976).
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen: ¬†The Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Christian Looks at the Changing Face of Psychology. ¬†(Downers Grove, IL: ¬†Intervarsity Press, 1982).
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen: ¬†The Person in Psychology: ¬†A Contemporary Christian Appraisal. ¬†(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, and U.K.: Intervarsity Press, 1985). (Recipient of the Eternity Magazine book award for 1985)
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen: ¬†Gender and Grace: Love, Work and Parenting In A Changing World: ¬†(U.S. and U.K.: Intervarsity Press, 1990). ¬†(14th English Printing, 2003; translated into Korean, 1994; into Arabic, Cairo: Dar el Thaqafa, 1995; into Chinese: Campus Evangelical Fellowship, 1996).
¬†Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Annelies Knoppers, Margaret L. Koch, Douglas J. Schuurman, and Helen M. Sterk: After Eden: Facing the Challenge of Gender Reconciliation. ¬†(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, and U.K.: Paternoster Press 1993).
Anne Carr and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, eds. ¬†Religion, Feminism and the Family (Westminster/John Knox, 1996).
Herbert Anderson, Don Browning, Ian Evison and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, eds. The Family Handbook (Westminster/John Knox, 1998)
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Stanley J. Grenz, Mardi Keyes and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen. Women and the Future of the Family: The Fourth Annual Kuyper Lecture and Symposium (Grand Rapids MI: Baker, 2000)
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, My Brother‚Äôs Keeper: What the Social Sciences Do (and Don‚Äôt) Tell Us About Masculinity (Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity, 2002);(Nominated February 2003 for Christianity Today Book Award, Social Issues Category.)
U.K. edition, published under the title Fathers and Sons: The Search for ¬†the New Masculinity (Leicester, U.K.: InterVarsity Press, 2003).
David Blankenhorn, Don S. Browning and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, eds. Does Christianity Teach Male Headship? The Equal Regard Marriage and Its Critics (Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2004)
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, A Sword Between the Sexes? C.S. Lewis and the Gender Debate (Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press, 2010)