Peter Casarella

Peter Casarella
Conference Organizer
Professor, Catholic Studies Program
Director, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
DePaul University

Peter Casarella is a professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University where he is also the director of DePaul Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the department of Religious Studies at Yale University after completing a dissertation on the theology of the word of the fifteenth century Catholic thinker Nicholas of Cusa. He spent two years as an assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas before assuming a similar position at The Catholic University of America. In 2007, he was appointed as a Professor in the Program of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. In 2008, he was named the founding Director of DePaul’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. In this capacity he will be organizing a series of colloquia and conferences at DePaul on the discourse of catholicity as a theological program and as a starting point for interdisciplinary research.

He has written essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics, e.g., medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. He has co-edited two volumes of essays: with Raúl Gómez, S.D.S., Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. (Academic Renewal, 2003) and with George Schner, S.J., Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (Eerdmans, 1998). He recently published “Carmen Dei: Music and Creation in Three Theologians,” in Theology Today 62:4 (Jan 2006). In March 2006, The Catholic University of America Press published a volume that he edited: Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance.

In 2003-2004, he held the J. Houston Witherspoon Research Fellowship in Theology and Natural Science at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J. He is served a term in 2005-2006 as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. (ACHTUS) and continues his on-going duties as vice president of the American Cusanus Society. He is also a member of the editorial board of Communio and a co-organizer of the annual session of the Hans Urs von Balthasar Society at the Catholic Theological Society of America.

His current research interests include a study of St. Bonaventure’s trinitarian theology of creation and the idea of emergence in contemporary physics and a book project on the Catholic theology of culture entitled Von Balthasar: The Centrifugal Politics of Culture. He is also working with Will Storrar and Paul Metzger on a forthcoming volume with Eerdmans Press entitled A World for All? The volume will address the question of global civil society in terms of new directions in political theory and Trinitarian theology.