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Faculty Working in the Early Christian or Associated Fields

Faculty Profile of the Month

  

Professor Wilhelmus (Pim) Valkenberg

 

 

 

 

 

Pim Valkenberg was born in the Netherlands where he studied theology at the Utrecht State University and the Catholic Theological University of Utrecht.

 

After completing a doctoral dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and the use of Scripture in his theology, he joined the faculty of dogmatic theology and the theology of religions at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1987-2007), where he also studied Arabic and Islam.  Then, after a few years at Loyola University in Baltimore, he was appointed to our School of Theology and Religious Studies in 2011.

 

Professor Valkenberg’s recent research concentrates on Christian-Muslim dialogue in the context of Abrahamic partnership, both in the present and in the past.  His publications include The Polemical Dialogue (Saarbrücken 1997) on interreligious dialogue, Words of the Living God (Leuven 2000) on Aquinas, and The Three Rings (Leuven 2005) on Abrahamic dialogue in the Middle Ages.  He also edited jointly with Erik Borgman the collection Islam and Enlightenment: New Issues (London: SCM Press, 2005).

 

Most recently, he has published Sharing Lights on the Way to God: Muslim-Christian Dialogue and Theology in the Context of Abrahamic Partnership (Amsterdam & New York: Editions Rodopi, 2006), containing texts by Thomas Aquinas, Jalaluddin Rumi, al-Ghazali, Said Nursi and Fethullah Gülen.

 

He is currently working on an interreligious reading of texts about the “People of the Book” in the Qur’an (co-authored with Asma Afsaruddin of Indiana University) and a textbook on World Religions from a comparative theological perspective (to be published this year by Anselm Academics).

 

The Center's activities are immediately supervised by a Director and two Associate Directors:

Philip Rousseau
D.Phil., Oxford University
Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor; Director
Late antique religion, with emphasis on early Christian asceticism

William E. Klingshirn
Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor and Chair, Department of Greek and Latin; Associate Director
Late antique history, Roman religion, Christianization, divination
 
Janet Timbie
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Semitic Languages and Literatures; Associate Director
Coptic language and literature
 
 
The Center's policies are developed and implemented by an Executive Committee, which includes (in addition to the Director and Associate Directors) the following (thus covering the remaining sectors of the university with which the Center interacts):
 
Lilla Kopár
Ph.D., University of Szeged, Hungary
Director, Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies (ex officio); Associate Professor, Department of English
Medieval literature and sculpture
 
Jennifer Davis
Ph.D., Harvard University
Assistant Professor, Department of History; Associate Director, Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies
Early medieval history
 
Matthias Vorwerk
Ph.D., University of Münster
Associate Dean, School of Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Plotinus, Neoplatonism
 
Susan Wessel
Ph.D., Columbia University
Associate Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Area Director of Church History, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Greek and Latin Patristics
 
Nora M. Heimann
Ph.D., City University of New York.
Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Art
European and American modern and contemporary art history
 
Sarah Brown Ferrario
Ph.D., Princeton University
Assistant Professor, Department of Greek and Latin
Fifth and fourth centuries BC Greek history and literature 
 
Caroline Sherman
Ph.D., Princeton University
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Early modern French and intellectual history
 
 
The Center's policies are further enhanced with the help of a Faculty Advisory Board, which includes all those who teach and pursue research in the early Christian or related fields, or whose wider responsibilities bring them into frequent contact with the Center's activities:
 
Rev. Regis Armstrong, O.F.M. (Cap.)
Ph.D., Fordham University
John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Professor of Religious Studies, Area Director of Spirituality, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Early Franciscan History and Spirituality
 
Monica Blanchard
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Curator, Semitics/ICOR Libraries
Languages and literatures of the Christian Near East, orientalist librarianship
 
Dr. Theol., Innsbruck
Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Christology, Ecclesiology
 
Rev. Sidney H. Griffith, S.T.
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Professor and Chair, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature
Syriac, Christian Arabic
 
Andrew D. Gross
Ph.D., New York University
Assistant Professor, Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature
Rabbinic Studies
 
Rev. John Paul Heil
S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute
New Testament
 
Katherine L. Jansen
Ph.D., Princeton University
Associate Professor, Department of History
Medieval Italy, medieval women and gender, religious and cultural history
 
William P. Loewe
Ph.D., Marquette University
Associate Professor, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Systematic and Fundamental Theology, especially Christology and Soteriology
 
Frank A. C. Mantello
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Professor, Department of Greek and Latin
Latin Patristics, Latin paleography, textual criticism
 
William J. McCarthy
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Associate Professor, Department of Greek and Latin
Greek and Latin Patristics
 
Rev. Mark Morozowich, S.E.O.D.
Doctorate in Eastern Christian Studies, Pontifical Oriental Institute
Dean, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Liturgy
 
Kenneth Pennington
Ph.D., Cornell University
Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History
Columbus School of Law and School of Theology and Religious Studies
Canon law

John F. Petruccione
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Department of Greek and Latin
Greek and Latin Patristics, early Christian poetry and hagiography
 
Rev. Dominic Serra
S.L.D., Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Sant'Anselmo, Rome
Associate Professor, Area Director of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Sacraments of Christian Initiation
 
Tarmo Toom
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Associate Professor of Latin Patristics, School of Theology and Religious Studies
Latin Patristics