The following is a listing of the named professorships and their fields of designation.
Abu Hamid Mohammed al-Ghazzali Professor of Islamic Studies
Abu Hamid Mohammed al-Ghazzali (1058-1111) was a medieval Persian Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic. He worked as a professor in Baghdad (in present-day Iraq) at a college he founded. In his later life, he lived as a Sufi ascetic, wrote the book The Revivification of the Religious Sciences as well as his autobiography, and trained students as mystics.
Abul Hasan Al-Nadwi Professor of Islamic Studies
Abul Hasan Al-Nadwi (1913-1999) was a leading Indian Muslim scholar and public intellectual. He was heavily involved in scholarship, authoring many books on the Indian Muslim community, Islam and history. He also served as rector at an institution of higher learning, the Nadwat al-Ulama in Lucknow, India.
Aisha Bint Abu Bakr Professor of Women’s Studies
Aisha Bint Abu Bakr (611-678) was a wife of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad. She has become a revered figure within Sunni tradition and is thought of as a source of words and deeds by the Prophet Muhammad.
Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity
Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983) was a leading ecumenical leader of his time and served as Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Born in Estonia, he was educated in France and later taught in the U.S. at Columbia University, New York University, Union Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. Schmemann helped to establish the Orthodox Church in America and held the title of “Protopresbyter,” the highest honor bestowed upon a married Orthodox priest.
Benjamin E. Mays Professor of Scripture and Applied Ministries
Benjamin Elijah Mays (1894-1984) was an important figure in Christian ministry and American education. Born in South Carolina, he served as a pastor before moving into teaching and, later, into a position as dean of the School of Religion at Howard University. He served as president of Morehouse College for more than two decades and as president of the Atlanta Board of Education for over 10 years.
Bernard Lonergan Professor of Theology
Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984) was a philosopher, theologian and economist from Quebec, Canada. Educated in Catholic schools, he professed as a Jesuit and was later ordained to the priesthood in 1936. His doctoral work focused on Thomas Aquinas and during his time as a professor at the University of Toronto, he wrote Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. Lonergan lectured throughout his life on theology, philosophy and economics, and focused on the importance of the clarification of methods in all disciplines.
Bishop James Anthony Walsh Professor of Asian Christian Studies and Musicology
James Anthony Walsh (1867-1936) co-founded the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. He was ordained in 1892 and served as a curate, as Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and founded the magazine The Field Aar. Walsh was elected to the episcopacy and named Titular Bishop of Siene in 1933. He served as Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers from 1911 until his death.
Bishop John Tinsley Professor of Anglican Theology
Charles Wesley Professor of Church Music*
Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was an Anglican priest, co-founder of Methodism with his brother, John, and is perhaps best remembered as a prolific writer of hymns. Born in Lincolnshire, England, he was educated in London and at Oxford University. During his lifetime, Charles Wesley published the words of over 6,000 hymns and wrote the words for another 2,000, many of which are included in the Methodist hymn book.
Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management
Dean R. Hoge (1937-2008) was a professor of sociology at the Catholic University of America and director of its Life Cycle Institute for more than thirty years. He wrote more than 25 books about religious life in America. Although a Presbyterian, his research focused mainly on Catholicism. He served as President of the Religious Research Association (1979-1980) and as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2007-2008).
Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a social activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement. She worked as a journalist for The Call, Commonweal and other newspapers for many years before she moved into nursing later in life. Her work focused on social action, including women’s suffrage, pacifism and civil rights. Day even turned her home into a place of aid for those who needed it, a decision that grew into a national movement of Catholic Worker houses.
E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies
E. Franklin Frazier (1894-1962) was a sociologist who is recognized as a leading scholar on the black experience in America and the black churches. A professor at Fisk University, Howard University, Morehouse College, and director of the Atlanta School of Social Work, his most notable work on the black church is The Negro Church in America.
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Professor of American Muslim History and Culture
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X) (1925-1965) was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist from the U.S. His father died (killed by white supremacists, it was rumored) when he was young, and at least one of his uncles was lynched. As a teenager, he was placed in a mental hospital, followed by a series of foster homes. He later went to prison for breaking and entering; while there, he became a member of the Nation of Islam and later, its leader. In 1964, his disillusionment with the group’s head, Elijah Muhammad, led him to leave. He soon founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. He began his Hajj by traveling to Mecca, but also traveled through Africa and Europe, returning to the U.S. where he founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity. In 1965, he was assassinated by three members of the Nation of Islam.
Evelyn Underhill Professor of Historical Theology
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was a renowned English writer and mystic. She studied at King’s College for Women in London and began writing during her adolescence, publishing her first work, Mysticism, in 1902. When she embraced the Christian faith, she spent much of her time providing spiritual direction and service to the poor. During World War I, she worked for the British military before becoming an established Christian pacifist. Underhill delivered the 1921 Upton lectures on religion at Manchester College, Oxford University, and continued to write throughout her life.
Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman Professor of Catholic Theology
Francis Joseph Spellman (1889-1967) was an influential American leader in the Catholic Church and a member of the College of Cardinals. Educated in New York and Rome, he received his ordination as a priest in 1916 and soon after became assistant to the papal secretariat of state. Appointed auxiliary bishop of Boston, he was made archbishop of New York by Pope Pius XII in 1939 and elevated in 1946 to the College of Cardinals.
Francis Power Cobbe Professor of Animal Theology