Marie Olson Purcell

Marie Purcell

Graduate Student in Religion and Culture




Marie Olson Purcell is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Religious Studies with a focus in Religion and Culture. As an anthropologist of American religion, gender, and theology, her dissertation research is particularly interested in an ethnographic approach to questions of religious identity particularly among evangelical women in Dallas. 

Prior to entering the program, Marie graduated with a BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she double majored in Religion and English with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She earned a Leadership scholarship to attend Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where she graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. After being ordained as a Lutheran pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in 2011, this Minnesota-grown woman was transplanted to Texas where she served as an associate pastor in San Antonio, TX for four and a half delightful years before moving up to Dallas to pursue her persistent passion in religious studies at the PhD level. 

Marie and her husband, David, live in Grand Prairie, TX with their twin daughters.