Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Faculty Interests and Section Coordinators

Peter Bernardi, S. J.
PhD, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C
Theology
Interests: 
Modern Christian Thought
John Henry Newman
Maurice Blondel
The Renewal of Catholic Theology
Theology of Vatican II
Christology
Soteriology

Emily Cain
PhD, Fordham University
Assistant Professor
Interests:
Christian Late Antiquity
Visual Rhetoric

Teresa Calpino
PhD, Loyola University Chicago
Instructor
Interests:
Acts of the Apostles
Women and Gender
The Greco-Roman Social Context of Early Christian Literature
The Church Fathers
Letter, Inscriptions and Artifacts of the Early Christian World.

Miguel Diaz
PhD, Notre Dame University
Theology
Interests:
Trinitarian Theology
Theological Anthropology
Political Theology
Latino/a Theology

Colby Dickinson
PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Theology
Interests:
Systematic Theology
Political Theology
Continental Philosophy and Theology
Contextual Theologies (Feminist, Postcolonial)

Robert Di Vito
PhD, Harvard University
New Testament and Early Christianity
Chair of the Department of Theology
Interests:
Old Testament and Northwest Semitic Philology
Hebrew Bible
History of Religion of Israel and Ancient Near East
Anthropology
Biblical Hermeneutics

William French
PhD, University of Chicago
Christian Ethics
Section Coordinator
Interests:
Environmental Ethics and Creation-Oriented Theology
War and Peace Studies
Environmental Sustainability
Global Security
Justice

Hille Haker
PhD, University of Tubingen
Christian Ethics
Richard A. McCormick S.J. Chair of Catholic Theology
Interests:
Foundational Ethics
Biomedical Ethics and New Technologies
Gender and Feminist Ethics
Ethics and Literature

Marcia Hermansen
PhD, University of Chicago
Theology
Director, Islamic World Studies
Interests:
Islamic Studies
Comparative Religion
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
South Asian and Middle East Studies
Mysticism
Women and Gender
Religion in America
Critical Theory
Interfaith Dialogue

Bret Lewis
PhD, Arizona State University
Instructor
Interests:
World Religions
Comparative Religion
Religion and Higher Education
Religion and Conflict

Yarina Liston
PhD, Temple University
Instructor
Interests:
Buddhism
Women and Gender

Edmondo Lupieri, LLC, Lic.
PhD, University of Pisa
New Testament and Early Christianity
John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology
Interests:
Apocalypse of John
Apocalyptic
Christianity outside of Europe
Gnosticism
Mandeanism
Religious Syncretism
Synoptic Gospels

John McCarthy
PhD, University of Chicago
Theology
Section Coordinator
Interests:
Fundamental Theology and Hermeneutics
Philosophy and Theology, especially Modern and Contemporary
Literary Theory
Liberation Theologies

Mark McIntosh
PhD, University of Chicago
Professor of Christian Spirituality
Interests:
Christian Spirituality and Mysticism
Systematic Theology (Christology, Trinitarian Theology)
Theological Epistemology
Christian Platonism

Michael Patrick Murphy
PhD, Graduate Theological Union Berkeley
Director, Catholic Studies
Interests:
Sacramental Theology
Christian Spirituality
Systematic Theology (Christology, Trinitarian Theology)
Theology and Literature
Theological Aesthetics

Hugh Nicholson
PhD, Boston College
Theology
Interests:
Comparative Theology
Interface between Theology and the Comparative Study of Religion
Theology and Post-modern Thought
Classical Indian Philosophy

Lauren O'Connell

PhD, Loyola University Chicago
New Testament and Early Christianity
Interests:
Johannine Literature
Johannine Pneumatology
Pneumatology in Second Temple Judaism
Patristics
Religion in Popular Culture 

Tracy Pintchman
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Theology
Director, Global and International Studies Program
Interests:
Comparative Religious Studies
Gender Issues in Hinduism
Hindu Goddess Traditions
Hinduism

Tisha Rajendra
PhD, Boston College
Christian Ethics
Interests:
Catholic Social Thought
Christian Ethics
Ethics of Food and Food Systems
Globalization
Theories of Justice
International Relations
Political Philosophy

Susan Ross
PhD, University of Chicago
Theology
Interests:
Feminist Ethics
Feminist Theologies
Sacramental Theology
Systematic Theology
Theological Anthropology

Devorah Schoenfeld
PhD, Graduate Theological Union Berkeley
New Testament and Early Christianity, Theology
Interests:
Medieval Bible Commentaries
Jewish-Christian Relations
Dream Interpretation in the Talmud
Proofs for the Existence of God in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Michael Schuck
PhD, University of Chicago
Christian Ethics
Interests:
History and Principles of Roman Social Catholic Thought
Social Theory and Religious Ethics
Political Philosophy and Christian Ethics
Faith, Human Development, and the Social-Moral Self

Christopher W. Skinner
PhD, Catholic University of America
New Testament and Early Christianity
Interests:
Johannine Literature
Synoptic Gospels
Gospel of Thomas
Nag Hammadi Library
​Narrative Christology
Narrative Criticism & Literary Hermeneutics
​New Testament Ethics

Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar
PhD, University of Chicago
Christian Ethics
Graduate Program Director
Interests:
Feminist Ethics
Sexual Ethics
The Christian Family and its Relation to Social Justice
History of Christian Ethics
Interdisciplinary Conversations between Christian Theology and Feminist Political Theory
Methods in Contemporary Ethics

Hans Svebakken
PhD, Loyola University Chicago
Instructor
Interests:
New Testament
Hellenistic Christianity
Historical Theology 

Thomas Tobin, S. J.
PhD, Harvard University
New Testament and Early Christianity
Interests:
Gnosticism
Hellenistic Judaism
Hellenistic Philosophy
Letters of Paul
Middle Platonism
Philo of Alexandria

Aana Vigen
PhD, Union Theological Seminary New York
Christian Ethics
Interests:
Ethics and Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Methods
Feminist Ethics
Healthcare and Medical Ethics
Theological Anthropology
Bioethics and Biomedical Ethics
Protestant Ethics
Immigration
Thomas Wetzel
ThD, Havard Divinity School (Hebrew Bible)
PhD, University of Wiscon-Milwaukee (English and Literary Studies)
Interests:
Hebrew Bible
Deuteronomistic History
Former and Latter Prophets
Jewish-Christian dialogue
Violence in the Bible
Flannery O'Connor and Catholic Literature