Janet R. Walton is Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. Her research and teaching focus on ritual traditions and practices in religious communities, with particular interest in artistic dimensions, feminist perspectives, and commitments to justice.
Professor Walton is a past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (1995-97), a Henry Luce Fellow in Theology and the Arts (1998), the 2003 recipient of the AAR Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2009 recipient of the North American Academy of Liturgy Berakah Award. Her books include Worship and Art: A Vital Connection, Sacred Sound and Social Change, co edited with Lawrence Hoffman; Women at Worship: Interpretations of North American Diversity co edited with Marjorie Procter-Smith; and Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice. She is currently writing a book, entitled Improvisation, Imagination and Imperialism in Congregational Worship