Faculty & Staff


Caroline E. Johnson Hodge

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Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., Brown University
Fields: New Testament, Paul, women in early Christianity, kinship and ethnicity, domestic religious practices 
Email: chodge@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 429 Phone: 508-793-3405
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Alan J. Avery Peck

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Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies  
Ph.D., Brown University
Fields: Judaic studies, history and literature of early Rabbinic Judaism, Hebrew language
Email: aavery@holycross.edu 
Office: Smith 405 Phone: 508-793-3411
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Bernadette J. Brooten


Lecturer, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University
Ph.D., Harvard University




William A. Clark, S.J.


Associate Professor
S.T.D., Weston Jesuit School of Theolog
Fields: ecclesiology (authority in the Church, Theology of parish, local community); practical and contextual theology; Christian prayer
Email: wclark@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 433 Phone: 508-793-2717
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Caner K. Dagli

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Fields: Islamic studies
Email: cdagli@holycross.edu 
Office: Smith 435 Phone: 508-793-2384
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Gary P. DeAngelis

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Lecturer, Associate Director of Special Studies 
Ph.D., Boston University/Harvard University
Fields: Asian religions, mysticism, Chinese religions, Japanese religions
Email: gdeangel@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 326 Phone: 508-793-2498
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Mary M. Doyle Roche

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Boston College
Fields: Catholic moral theology and social teaching, Christian ethics, virtue ethics, bioethics, feminist ethics 
Email: mroche@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 428 Phone: 508-793-2585
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Matthew T. Eggemeier

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Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Fields: modern and contemporary Christian theologies; political and liberation theologies; postmodern theology
Office: Fenwick 204 Phone: 508-793-3948
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Peter Fay

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Visiting Lecturer
Ph.D., Cand., Boston College
Email: pfay@holycross.edu
Phone: 508-793-3549




Peter J. Fritz


Edward Bennett Williams Fellow, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
FieldsCatholic systematic theology (especially the theology of Karl Rahner, SJ), modern Christian history, theological aesthetics, theology and visual art, critical responses to neoliberal capitalism
Email: pfritz@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 434 Phone: 508-793-3501
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John F. Gavin, S.J.


Associate Professor
S.T.D., Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, Italy
Fields: Catholic theology, patristics
Email: jgavin@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 421    Phone: 508-793-3446
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Karen V. Guth

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Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Fields: Christian social ethics, public and political theologies, feminist ethics and theologies
Office: Smith 430 Phone: 508-793-3359
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Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

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Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., New York University
Fields: Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Email: mleonard@holycross.edu
Office: Smith 431 Phone: 508-793-3435
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Todd Lewis

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Ph.D., Columbia University
Fields: Buddhism, Hinduism, East Asian religions, anthropology of religions, modernization, ecology and religion 
Office: Smith 425     Phone:   508-793-3436
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Tat siong Benny Liew

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Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies
Ph.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Fields: synoptic gospels, gospel of John, cultural and racial interpretations and receptions of the Bible, apocalypticism, Asian American history and literature
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William E. Reiser, S.J.


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Fields: New Testament Theology, Christology, Christian Spirituality, Systematic Theology
Email: wreiser@holycross.edu  
Office: Smith 401 Phone: 508-793-3412
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Virginia Ryan

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Ph.D., Boston College
Catholic Theological Ethics, Christian Social Ethics, Bioethics, Environmental Ethics
Office: O'Kane 454     Phone: 508-793-3467
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Mathew N. Schmalz

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Ph.D., University of Chicago
Fields: global Catholicisms, Hinduism, Catholic esotericism, modern religious movements 
Office:  Smith 404      Phone: 508-793-2557
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Nathan D. Wood-House

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Ph.D. Institution: Boston College
Fields of study: Black liberation theology, political theology, critical race studies, Blackness studies, critical theory, political philosophy
Office number: Smith 423
Phone number in office: 508-793-3567
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Katherine Barrett

Academic Administrative Coordinator
Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Smith Hall 403   Phone: 508-793-3404 
PO Box: 42A 


Faculty Emeriti

Mary E. Hobgood


Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Temple University
Fields: Christian social ethics, Catholic social teaching, economic ethics, feminist ethics 





Alice L. Laffey


Associate Professor Emerita
S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome
Fields: Hebrew scriptures/ Old Testament, feminist Hermeneutics, ecology and the Bible 
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James B. Nickoloff


Associate Professor Emeritus 
Ph.D., Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
Fields: Theology of Liberation



Joanne M. Pierce

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Professor, Emerita
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Fields: liturgical studies, medieval Christianity, ritual studies, ecumenical theology, theology and speculative/science fiction 
Email: jpierce@holycross.edu