Current and Recent Dissertations

The following students have successfully passed their candidacy exams and are working on their dissertations. Their work represents the diversity of research interests in the theology department.
Dissertation Field:

Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA)

Allen, Mark
The Man of God, the Old Prophet and the Word of the Lord: An Exegesis of 1 Kings 13
Director: Gary Anderson

Boesenberg, Dulcinea
Moses in Luke-Acts
Director: Mary Rose D'Angelo

Bruning, Brandon
The Making of the Mishkan: The Old Greek Text of Exodus 35-40 and the Literary History of the Pentateuch
Director: Eugene Ulrich

Buol, Justin
The Development of the Category of Martyr Bishop in the Second Century
Director: Candida Moss

Cho, Jaecheon
PHILOROMAIOS-Herod Agrippa II in Josephus and the Acts of Apostles
Director: Greg Sterling

Cover, Michael
Lifting the Veil: 2 Cor 3:7–4:6 in Light of Jewish Homiletic and Commentary Traditions
Director: Greg Sterling

DeJong, David
A Prophet Like Moses: Prophecy and Canon in Early Judaism and Christianity
Director: James C. VanderKam

Dru, Josephine
In Light and Shadow of the Whole: How Theodore of Mopsuestia and Jerome of Stridon Read Joel among the Twelve as Scripture
Director: Gary A. Anderson

Edewaard, Ashley
Food As Medicine Of Body And Soul: Clement Of Alexandria's Dietary Prescriptions In The Paedagogus
Directors: Blake Leyerle & Candida Moss

Enemali, Mark
The Danger of Transgression against Divine Presence: the Case of the Ark Narrative (1 Samuel 4-7:1; 2 Samuel 6)
Director: Professor Gary Anderson

Ferry, Sara
The Purpose of 1 Esdras: Towards a Torah-Centered Community
Director: Eugene Ulrich

Francis, Michael
Ignorance, Intention and the Possibility of Forgiveness: A Study in the Remissibility of Sin in Second Temple and Early Christian Sources
Co-Directors: Gary Anderson and Gregory Sterling

Geist, Andrew John Allen
"He Will Repay Him With Good": The Relationship Between Wealth and Piety in Mesopotamia and Ancient Israel
Director Gary Anderson:

Giambrone, O.P., Anthony
"The One Who Did Mercy": Sacramental Charity and Luke's Economy of Salvation
Director: Gary Anderson

Ghormley, Justus Theodore
Inspired Scribes: The Formation of the Book of Jeremiah and the Vocation of Ancient Jewish Scribal Scholars
Co-Directors: James VanderKam and Eugene Ulrich 

Haley, Kevin
The Reinterpretation of the Psalms of the Individual in Judaism and Christianity
Director: Gary Anderson

Khudher, Sr.Luma
Micah 4-5 and the Message of Salvation of the Eight Century Prophet
Director: James VanderKam

Lee, Brian
"For We Know In Part": Paul's Critique of Wisdom and Askēsis in 1 Corinthians
Director: Gregory Sterling

Mukasa, Edoth
"Give me understanding and I will study your Law": A Study on Augustine's Enarratio in Psalmum 118
Director: Brian Daley

Noble, Joshua
"A Golden Race Will Arise": Common Property and Empire in the Book of Acts
Director: John Fitzgerald

Rambau C.S.Sp., Leonce F.
Paul and His Co-Workers: Equality in Pauline Letters
Director: David Aune

Riordan S.J., Joseph
"Blessed are the Eyes that See": The Spiritual Topography of Zion in Tobit 13-14 and Isaiah 60
Director: Gary Anderson

Rowe, Eric
An Analysis of the Labels Used for the Jesus Movement from AD 30 to 225
Director: David Aune

Schreiber, Sarah
The Use of Scripture in the Prologue and Jubilees 1
Director: James VanderKam

Trotter, Jonathan
The Relationship between Diaspora Jews and the Jerusalem Temple during the Second Temple Period
Director:  James VanderKam

Vela, Horacio
The Inner Person: The Transformation of a Platonic Metaphor in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
Director: Gregory Sterling

Wilcoxson, Jonathan P.
Meat in Early Christian Identity
Director: Blake Leyerle

Yoder, Joshua
Roman governors in the Apologetic of Luke-Acts
Director: Mary Rose D'Angelo

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History of Christianity (HC)

Abdelsayed, John Paul
Our Great Archpriest: St. Cyril of Alexandria's Approach to the Priesthood of Christ
Director: Brian Daley

Barrett, Brian
The Clothing of Divinity: the Revelatory Function of the Literal Sense in Origen's Exegesis
Co-Directors: Brian Daley and John Cavadini

DeFrancis, James
My Beloved is Mine and I Am His: the Progress of Self-Knowledge in the Spiritual Life According to St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Director: Ann Astell

Dunkle, SJ, Brian
Nocturna Lux Viantibus: The Methods, Meaning, and Mystagogy of Ambrosian Hymnody
Director: Brian Daley

Emerson Hernández, Marco
The Seeds of Creation and New Creation: Thomas Aquinas on the Principles of Natural and Supernatural Generation
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Gaetano, Stephen
Salamancan Thomism in the Defense of Tridentine Soteriology: An Historical and Theological Introduction to Domingo de Soto's De natura et gratia, with a Latin Edition and Annotated Translation of the Text
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Gerdon, Ian
Ascetic Theology in Maximus the Confessor's Early Works: Liber Asceticus and Capita de Caritate
Director: Brian Daley, S.J.

Hahn, Michael S.
Augustine in the Teaching of Thomas: Aquinas's Reception and Use of Contra Faustum Manichaeum
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Hemphill Barrett, Hannah
Thomas Aquinas's Teaching on Sacrifice in the Summa Theologiae
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Horsting, Albertus
S.Prosperi Ex Sententiis S. Augustini Epigrammatum Liber Unus. A Study of Prosper of Aquitaine’s Poetical Synthesis of Augustinian Theology Accompanied by a New Edition, Translation, and Commentary of the Liber Epigrammatum
Co-Directors: John Cavadini and Hildegund Muller

Kaltenbach, Jonathan M.
Christ the Priest in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
Director: Joseph Wawrykow

Klein, Elizabeth
Augustine on Angels
Director: John Cavadini

Kneip, David
The Spirit, the Bible, and the Church: Neglected Aspects of Cyril of Alexandria's Pneumatology
Director: Brian Daley

Komline, Han-luen Kantzer
From Division to Delight: Augustine and the Will
Director: Brian Daley

Lee, James K.
The Church in Transformation: The Recovery of an Augustinian Ecclesiology
Co-Directors: Brian Daley and John Cavadini

Lollar, Joshua
To See into the Life of Things: The Contemplation of Nature in the Ambigua to John of St. Maximus the Confessor
Director: Brian Daley

Mata, Sara Monica
Myth and Mystery: Augustine's First Commentary on Genesis 1-2:3
Director: John Cavadini

Murphy, OSB Austin
Saint Augustine and the Inspiration of the bible
Co-Directors: John Cavadini and Brian Daley

Ondrako, OFMConv., Rev. Edward J.
"Rebuild My Church:" Peter Damian Fehlner's Appropriation and Development of the Ecclesiology and Mariology of Vatican 2
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Petrin, Michael J.
Mystery and Process: Salvation in the Thought of Gregory of Nyssa
Director: Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Sanders, Aaron
The Rule of Law: The Legitimation, Use and Limitation of Authority in the Politics of St. Robert Bellarmine
Director: Randall Zachman

Sehorn, John
Commentary on Origen of Alexandria's Homilies 1-14 on Ezekiel
Director: John Cavadini

Stefano, Troy
Trinity and History in Franz Anton Staudenmaier
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Wales, Jordan
Secular Sanctity: Gregory the Great on the Christian Life as Sacrifice
Director: John Cavadini

Wang, Xueying
Gregory of Nyssa on the Corporate Nature of the Human Body 
Director: Brian E. Daley, S.J.

Wickes, Jeffrey
Out of Books, A World: The Scriptural Poetics of Ephrem’s Hymns on Faith
Director: Joseph Amar

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Liturgical Studies (LS)

Anibueze, Mary Reginald 
Eucharistic Communion and Rituals of Communion in Igbo Culture: An Integrative Study of Liturgy, Faith, and Culture
Director: David Fagerberg

Aspesi, Cara Jean
Lucca, Biblioteca Arcivescovile MS 5: A Window on Liturgy and Life in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Twelfth Century
Director: Margot Fassler

Brown, Glenn
Ritual, Theory, and Methodology: A Study of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Director: Nathan Mitchell

Hoden, Mary Margaret
A Visible Manifestation of the Invisible: The Relationship of the Architecture of Salisbury Cathedral and the Liturgy of the Sarum Use
Director: Michael Driscoll

Klee, Richard
"A Temple for Migrants: Second Temple Worship According to Tobit"
Directors: Maxwell Johnson and Gary Knoppers

Mahon, Katharine
"Teach Us to Pray": The Function of the Lord’s Prayer in Catholic and Protestant Practice, c. 1500-c.1650
Director: Maxwell Johnson

Marx, Nathaniel
Via Sacra: The Latin Mass and Personal Formation in a Secular Age
Director: Nathan Mitchell

McCarthy, Sheila
Healing the Body of Christ: Liturgy, Trauma, and the Works of Mercy
Directors: Nathan Mitchell, Ann Astell

Permjakovs, Vitalijs
"And Make it the Place Where Your Glory Dwells": Origins and Evolution of the Byzantine Rite of the Consecration of Churches
Director: Max Johnson

Petrin, Anna Adams
The Egyptian Connection: Egyptian Elements in the Liturgy of Jerusalem Revisited
Director: Maxwell Johnson

Raczka, Rev. Gary Philip
The Lectionaries of Antioch and Constantinople at the Time of John Chrysostom
Director: Max Johnson

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Moral Theology (MT)

Carmona, Victor
Love and Option for the Poor: Reframing the Moral Dimension of the US Immigration Debate
Director: Todd Whitmore

Clark, Adam
Christian Faith and Public Life: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Creation, History, and the Just Community
Director: Gerald McKenny

Elliot, David
Rethinking Happiness: the Role of Hope in Virtue Ethics
Director: Jean Porter

Hamilton, Brian
The Politics of Voluntary Poverty: A Critical Franciscan Account.
Director: Jean Porter

Hefelfinger, Scott
Common Goods and the Laws of Nations
Director: Jean Porter

Hirschfeld, Mary
Virtuous Consumption in a Dynamic Economy: A Thomistic Engagement with Neoclassical Economic
Director: Jean Porter  

Kincaid, Elisabeth Rain
“In a Prudent Way and Without Rashness:” Reclaiming Francisco Suárez’ Theories of Legal Interpretation and Resistance
Director: Jean Porter

Lambelet, Kyle
¡Presente! Political Theology at the Gates of Fort Benning
Director: Gerald McKenny

Lantigua, David
Idolatry and the Rights of Infidels: The Christian Legal Theory of Religious tolerance in Bartolome de las Casas
Director: Jean Porter

Lee, Joungeun
Aquinas's Anger and the Han (恨)-full anger: Thomistic Virtuous Anger with the case of the Han-full anger in South Korean Context
Director: Maura Ryan

Mawson, Michael
The Reality of Christ in the World: Bonhoeffer, Hegel and the Ethical Life
Advisor: Gerald McKenny

Jeffrey Morgan
Self-Knowledge in The Verdict of God: Conscience in the thought of Kant, Kierkegaard and Barth
Director: Gerald McKenny

Scherz, Paul
Technology and Subjectivity in the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre and Michel Foucault
Director: Gerald McKenny

Sikorski, John
Undertaking Death in Charity and Bearing it Bravely:  A Thomistic Ars Moriendi
Director: Jean Porter
Vera, Luis
Tablets of Flesh: Memory, Media, and the Perfection of the Image in Digital Societies
Director: Jean Porter

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Systematic Theology (ST)

Abril, Michael Anthony
The Beginning of the End: Original Sin in View of Karl Rahner and René Girard
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Antus, Elizabeth
The Doors of the Soul: A Critical Augustinian Account of Self-Love
Director: Mary Catherine Hilkert

Battin, Steven
Intercommunal Ecclesiology: Re-Imagining the Church as God's Response to Intergroup Disunity
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Daniel P. Castillo
An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Gustavo Gutiérrez’s Concept of “Integral Liberation” Reinterpreted in View of the Yahwist, the New Jerusalem, and the Human Ecology of Alf Hornborg
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Leonard J. DeLorenzo
"Those Who Hear Will Live": A Theological Explication of the 'Communion of Saints'
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Downing, Andrew
The Problem and Promise of History in the Theology of J. S. Drey
Director: Cyril O’Regan

Drahos, Kristen
Dark Beauty: Toward a Catholic Theological Aesthetic
Director: Cyril O'Regan

DuBois, Heather M.
Transformation's Self: Articulating Intrapersonal Change through John of the Cross and Judith Butler
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Elliot, Katherine F.
Personal Transformation in the Theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P
Director: Robert Krieg

Feder, Julia
A Mystical-Political Theology of Posttraumatic Healing: Teresa of Avila, Edward Schillebeeckx, and Contemporary Trauma Theology
Director: Mary Catherine Hilkert

Patrick X. Gardner
Modern Pentecost: Henri de Lubac on Atheism and the Spiritual Posterity of Joachim of Fiore
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Martin, Jennifer
Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Press of Speculative Russian Religious Philosophy
Director: Cyril O’Regan

McLean, Candace
“Do This In Memory of Me”: The Genealogy and Theological Appropriation of Memory in the Work of Johann Baptist Metz
Director: Matthew Ashley

Ngwoke, Rev. Emeke
Newman, Vatican II and the Challenge of Inculturation in Africa: A Study of Catholicism Among the Igbo of Nigeria
Director: Lawrence Cunningham

O'Brien, Bridget
The Doctrine of God's Fidelity: A Trinitarian View of the Relationship between Judaism and Christianity
Director: Robert Krieg

Peterson, Brandon
Being Salvation: A Reconsideration of Karl Rahner's Christ as Savior
Director: Robert Krieg

Pidel, S.J., Aaron
The Ecclesiology of Erich Przywara
Director: John Betz

Prevot, Andrew
Thinking Prayer: Meditations on Theology, doxology, and Praxis
Director: Cyril O’Regan

Rubbelke, Michael
"'A Constant Closeness to This God': The Experience of God in Karl Rahner's Theology and Its Contributions to Mystical Theology"
Director: Cyril O'Regan

Slattery, John P.
Old Science, New Problems: A Theological Analysis of John Zahm's Attempt to Bridge Evolution and Roman Catholicism
Director: J. Matthew Ashley

Stetler, Emily
Poured Out Like an Offering: Toward an Anthropology of Kenosis
Co-directors: Lawrence Cunningham and Randall Zachman

Thiede, John
The Concept of Martyrdom in the Christology of Jon Sobrino
Director: Matthew Ashley

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World Religions and World Church (WRWC)

Fitchett Climenhaga, Alison
Reconciling Charisma: Healing, Conflict, and Identity in Catholic Renewalist Movements in Western Uganda
Director: Paul Kollman

Kuiper, Matthew
Indian Muslims, Other Religions, and the Modern Globalization of Da'wa: The Tablighi Jama'at and Islamic Research Foundation
Director: Gabriel Reynolds

Lee O.F.M., Yongho Francis
Bonaventure and Chinul: Christian and Buddhist Models for Integration of the Intellectual and Spiritual Life
Director: Robert M. Gimello

Longanga, Emery N.
Interpreting a Christian Classic in an African Context. Pluralism and Inculturation in light of David Tracy and Leonard Santedi.
Co-directors: David A. Clairmont and John C. Cavadini

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