Faculty Profile

Ted Pulcini

Thomas Bowman Professor of Religion and Philosophy (1995)

Contact Information


East College Room 203A


His teaching responsibilities focus on exploring the Biblical texts in their historical, social, and comparative contexts. He also specializes in Islam, early Christianity, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Research interests include relations between Islam and Christianity, both past and present.


  • B.A., Harvard College, 1976
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1979
  • Th.M., Harvard Divinity School, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1994


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1998-1999
  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2002-03

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

RELG 260 Varieties of Christian Spirit
Christianity expresses itself not only in a range of doctrines but also in a wide variety of spiritualities. This course will introduce students to the spiritual practices of different Christian denominations by which individuals and communities have cultivated and intensified an experience of the divine. Practices to be examined will include liturgy, mysticism, music, art, and reform movements.

RELG 390 Interpreting Religion
An advanced introduction to some fundamental issues of theory and method in the academic study of religion. Selected religious phenomena will be examined using the perspectives such as those of the history of religions, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philology, philosophy, and theology. Emphasis will be placed upon methods of research and styles of writing in the study of religion.

Spring 2018

RELG 490 The Future of Religion
Advanced investigation of methods and critical perspectives for the study of religion with a focus to be determined by the instructor. Writing enriched. Prerequisite: 390 or permission of the instructor.

RELG 500 Independent Study