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Christopher D. Denny

Associate Professor
Theology and Religious Studies
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Educational Background
Ph.D., 2004, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, Catholic Theological Tradition, Religion and Culture, Spirituality
M.A., 1998, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, Religion and Culture, Hermeneutics, Religion and Aesthetic
B.A., 1993, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, and Santa Fe, NM, Philosophy, History of Mathematics and Science, Classics

Dr. Denny received his B.A. in liberal arts in 1993 from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and earned both an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2004) from the Catholic University of America.  He joined the faculty at St. John’s University in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor in 2010.  He is the coeditor of Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II (Fordham University Press, 2013), and of Finding Salvation in Christ (Pickwick, 2011).  His articles have appeared in journals such as Christianity and Literature, Communio, Horizons, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and the Journal of Hindu Christian Studies.  Denny has received best-article awards from the Conference on Christianity and Literature, the Catholic Press Association, and the College Theology Society.  He has served as the executive director of the American Academy of Religion’s mid-Atlantic region, and has been a board member of both the American Academy of Religion and the College Theology Society.  Dr. Denny has been a co-convener of Columbia University’s Studies in Religion Seminar.  He is currently an editorial board member for the Journal of Moral Theology and is a book review editor for the journal Horizons.

Research Interests

Dr. Denny’s research examines the connection between Christian theology and vernacular literatures from the late medieval period to the modern era.  He also works in the field of comparative theology, with a special interest in cross-cultural understandings of sacrifice and hermeneutics.