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A native of County Donegal in the north of Ireland, Cathal Doherty is a Jesuit priest of the Irish province. Prior to joining the faculty at USF in the academic year 2015-16, he previously taught at Boston College and University College Dublin, Ireland. A linguist turned theologian, he completed doctoral degrees in theology (Boston College) and theoretical linguistics (University of California, Santa Cruz).

His main research interests lie in dogmatic, especially sacramental theology, in...

Full-Time Faculty

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Jorge A. Aquino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, specializing in Latin American and U.S. Latinx Christian theologies and religious history, liberation theologies, race and religion, sexuality, and the theo-politics of social movements. He is involved in research, conference work, and publishing activities throughout the Américas (see his profile).

Dr. Aquino is a principal researcher in the Theology, Ethics, and Politics Working...

  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union
  • Latin American theology and religious history
  • Liberation Theology
  • Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements
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Professor Thomas Cavanaugh teaches medical ethics, a first-year seminar entitled What is Wisdom? (for which he received an NEH Enduring Questions grant), and, more recently, in the Honors College where he offers a course entitled Wisdom’s Lovers: Ancient and Medieval Philosophers. His most recently completed project concerns the Hippocratic Oath, which founds medicine as an exclusively therapeutic practice that especially excludes deliberately injuring patients. In 2018, Oxford University Press...

  • Ph. D., University of Notre Dame
  • A.B., Thomas Aquinas College
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Martin A. Claussen received his PhD from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include Ancient and Medieval Europe.
  • PhD, University of Virginia
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Lilian Dube is an associate professor and former chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at the University of San Francisco where she started in 2006 after a decade of teaching at universities in the USA and UK and the University of Zimbabwe, with tenure. In 1999, she made history as the first Black woman to earn a Doctor of Theology degree from Stellenbosch University.

She is the executive director of the film, USF in Zambia: HIV/AIDS and Social Justice, co-author of African...

  • DTh (Missiology), University of Stellenbosch
  • STM, Columbia University
  • Grad CE, University of Zimbabwe
  • MA, University of Zimbabwe
  • BA Honors, University of Zimbabwe
  • BA General, University of...
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Mark Miller is associate professor of systematic (philosophical) theology.  His mother came from the Philippines, his father from Maine, and they met in the middle as students at USF in the 1960s.  His specialty is human development and redemption, particularly our ongoing, communal conversion to greater knowledge, love, and service of God and all things.  His PhD dissertation is entitled, "Why the Passion?: Bernard Lonergan on the Cross as Communication." His undergraduate degree concentrated...

  • PhD, Theology, Boston College, 2008
  • MA, Theology, Boston College, 2004
  • Philosophy and Theology, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, 1995, 1998-1999
  • BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University...
  • Anthropology
  • Soteriology
  • Political theology
  • Trinity
  • Christology
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Vijaya Nagarajan is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies. In addition to teaching at the University of San Francisco, she has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University.

Vijaya's academic interests weave among the fields of Hinduism, Environment, Gender, Ritual, and the Commons. She received her PhD in South Asian Language and Literatures from UC Berkeley. Vijaya has received...

  • PhD, South Asian Language and Literatures, UC Berkeley
  • MA, South Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
  • BS Political Economy of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
  • College of Engineering, Honor’s Program, Women...
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The Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his PhD (STD) in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2003).

Seeking to link ancient Christian tradition with contemporary faith, his core courses explore the relationship between historical-critical methods of exegesis and theological interpretations...

  • PhD (STD), 2003, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Part-Time Faculty

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Professor Black's research and teaching examines the intersections of classical Greco-Roman culture, philosophy and religion, and their influence on the emergence and development of Christianity, its institutional structure, theology, and spirituality. He teaches courses in Greek and Roman Literature and Culture, Classical Mythology, Greek and Roman Religion, Ancient Philosophy, Scripture, and Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity (Patristics).

  • PhD Graduate Theological Union