Joseph P. Wawrykow

Joseph P. Wawrykow

Professor of Theology
History of Christianity


B.A. [Hons.] 1978, and M.A., 1980, University of Manitoba

M.A. and M. Phil., 1983 and Ph.D., 1988, Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

The author of God's Grace and Human Action: 'Merit' in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (1996) and The Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas (2005), and co-editor of Christ Among the Medieval Dominicans (1998) and The Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2005), Wawrykow specializes in 13th-century scholastic theology. His current projects include a volume of translations in high medieval Christology (to be published by Catholic University of America Press); and, a book-length study of the Christology of Aquinas that focuses on Thomas's pedagogical and literary strategies in teaching Christ.

Recent honors include an Association of Theological Schools research grant; designation by the University's Graduate School as one of thirteen Master Mentors of doctoral students; and, reception in 2002 of a Kaneb Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. From 1999 to Spring 2002, Wawrykow served his Department as Director of Undergraduate Studies. From June 2002 to July 2004, he was the Department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Recent Publications


2005. The Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

Ed. with R. Van Nieuwenhove. 2004. The Theology of Thomas Aquinas. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

Ed. with K. Emery Jr. 1999. Christ Among the Medieval Dominicans. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

1995. God's Grace and Human Action: 'Merit' in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.


Book Chapters:

2013. “Aquinas and Barth on Grace,” in Bruce L. McCormack and Thomas Joseph White, O.P. (eds.), Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue, pp. 193-211. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

2012. “Theological Virtues," in Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, ed. by Eleonore Stump and Brian Davies, pp. 287-307. Oxford: OUP.

2011. “The Heritage of the Late Empire: Influential Theology," in  A Companion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages, ed. by I. Levy, G. Macy and K. Van Ausdahl, pp. 59-91. Leiden: Brill.

2011. “Franciscan and Dominican Theologies of the Trinity (13thcentury): Bonaventure and Aquinas,” in Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, ed. by Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, pp. 182-1963. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2012. “Jesus in the Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42/1: 13-33


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