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, stories, and opinion pieces that feature our faculty.
Luke Bretherton Named New Canon and Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church, Oxford
June 13, 2024
King Charles of England has approved Bretherton's appointment, which includes ordination as a Canon of the Cathedral and duties as a Church of England priest. Bretherton will also assume the role of director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life.
Wylin Wilson Awarded Intellectual Community Planning Grant
May 29, 2024
The grant from the Office of the Provost will support Dr. Wilson's project, which addresses the Black maternal health crisis in North Carolina by engaging bioethics, healthcare, and Black churches. Read more from the Duke Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Duke Divinity Announces New Faculty
May 22, 2024
Kevin Hart will be the Jo Rae Wright University Distinguished Professor and Aaron Griffith will be assistant professor of American church history.

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

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Eric Williams wearing black clothing and glasses sits in front of Durham Civil Rights mural with his arms folded

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