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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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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On Leave Fall 2023
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University
Fields: Islamic studies
Email: cdagli@holycross.edu 
Office: Smith 435 Phone: 508-793-2384
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Mary M. Doyle Roche

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Associate Professor
director of VoCare

Ph.D., Boston College
Fields: Catholic moral theology and social teaching, Christian ethics, virtue ethics, bioethics, feminist ethics 
Email: mroche@holycross.edu  
Office: O'Kane 454 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: Smith 432 Phone: 508-793-3948
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Peter Fay

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Visiting Lecturer
Ph.D., Boston College
Email: pfay@holycross.edu
Office: Smith 437 Phone: 508-793-3549




Peter J. Fritz


Edward Bennett Williams Fellow, 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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Eduardo González

Eduardo Gonzalez assistant professor religious studies

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Boston College
global liberation theologies, Catholicisms of the Global South, contemporary systematic theology, decolonial thought
Office: Smith 423  Phone: 508-793-3815



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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Associate Professor 
Ph.D., New York University
Fields: Hebrew Bible, Ancient Middle 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., Vanderbilt University
Fields: synoptic gospels, gospel of John, cultural and racial interpretations and receptions of the Bible, apocalypticism, Asian American history and literature
Office: Smith 422   Phone:  508-793-3846
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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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Audrey Seah

audrey seah assistant professor religious studies

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Fields: Liturgical studies, global Catholicism, Deaf and disability theology
Email: aseah@holycross.edu
Office: Smith 424  Phone: 508-793-3087




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 428
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


In Memoriam | December 1, 1944 - July 30, 2023
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