Faculty Working in the Early Christian or Associated Fields
Faculty Profile of the Month
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: Monica Blanchard
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 Acting 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, 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