We are fortunate to be associated with some of the leading scholars working within the intersections of theology and the arts. Our affiliated faculty play a role in DITA by teaching courses for our certificate, working on grants, and several other projects.

Affiliated Duke Divinity School Faculty

Valerie Cooper
Associate Professor of Religion and Society and Black Church Studies
Ellen Davis
Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology
Zebulon M. Highben
Associate Professor of the Practice of Church Music; Director of Chapel Music at Duke University Chapel
Lester Ruth
Research Professor of Christian Worship
Janet Martin Soskice
William K. Warren Distinguished Research Professor of Catholic Theology
Lauren Winner
Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality
Peter Casarella
Professor of Theology

Other Affiliated Faculty

Our affiliated faculty draw from throughout Duke University and from other institutions.
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David Aers
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of English

David Aers works especially on medieval and early modern literature, theology, ecclesiology and politics in England. His publications range from studies of Augustine to studies of early 19th century writing and culture. Aers is currently Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Duke. He is James B. Duke Professor of English and Historical Theology, with appointments both in the English Department and the Divinity School.

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Malcolm Guite
Poet-Priest and Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge

Malcolm Guite, a poet, theologian, and songwriter, is the Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge where he also teaches for the Divinity Faculty. He lectures widely in England and North America on theology and literature. Mr. Guite has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism, and worked as a librettist. His books include Word in the WildernessFaith, Hope, and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, and Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Thomas Pfau
Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor of English

Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor of English, with secondary appointments in Germanic Language and Literatures and the Divinity School at Duke University He has published forty-five essays on literary and philosophical subjects ranging from the 18th through the early 20th century. He is the author of three monographs: Wordsworth’s ProfessionRomantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, Melancholy, 1790-1840, and Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge. His current book project focuses on phenomenology of image-consciousness in literature, theology, and philosophy.