Faculty Committed to You and to the Church
Faculty are the lifeblood of any institution of higher learning, and at Duke, you’ll be exposed to a large and diverse community of some of the finest teachers and researchers in theological education. Drawn from all over the globe and a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, their interests vary widely, but they share a commitment to the life of the Christian church and to teaching and forming students for ministry.

Being part of our community means that whether you study biblical studies, theology, or practical ministry, you’ll do it with brilliant faculty who are actively engaged in making the world a better place. And you’ll journey alongside other students who are relentlessly curious about the Christian story and our place in it. Our academic programs are strong for a reason—to teach you to think critically and theologically about your role in serving God.

Featured Faculty

Drawn from all over the globe and a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, our faculty share a commitment to teaching and forming students for ministry and to participating in the life of the academy and the church.
Kate Bowler
Associate Professor of American Religious History
Norman Wirzba
Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Director of Research for the Office of Climate and Sustainability
Eric Lewis Williams
Director of the Office of Black Church Studies; Assistant Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies
Peter Casarella
Professor of Theology
Luke Bretherton
Robert E. Cushman Distinguished Research Professor of Moral & Political Theology
Ellen Davis
Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology
Xi Lian
David C. Steinmetz Distinguished Professor of World Christianity
Janet Martin Soskice
William K. Warren Distinguished Research Professor of Catholic Theology

Latest Faculty News and Features

Read news and feature articles on our faculty.
Luke Powery Receives Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award
February 19, 2024
A national leader in the study of homiletics, Powery has ensured that Duke Chapel continues to be a centerpiece of the community both at Duke and in Durham. Read more in Duke Today.
Norbert Wilson Named ACC Academic Leadership Network Fellow
February 19, 2024
Dr. Norbert Wilson has been named a fellow in the 2024 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Leaders Network. Learn more about the fellows in an article in Duke Today.
Four Divinity Faculty Named Full Professors at Duke University
February 14, 2024
Promotion or appointment to full professor requires an extensive review and recommendation from faculty peers both inside and outside Duke and approval from academic leadership from the department or division, the school, and Duke University.

New Faculty Books

Our faculty members publish extensively on scholarly and social issues that matter today. Their work influences academic thinking and ministerial practice, from biblical studies to theology to preaching to social justice.

Faculty in the Media

See the latest media mentions of our faculty and articles written by our faculty in other publications.
Thursday, March 28, 2024
United Methodist News
Sunday, March 17, 2024
The Dispatch
Eric Williams wearing black clothing and glasses sits in front of Durham Civil Rights mural with his arms folded

Faculty Experts

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