Experts in Religion and Philosophy — Religion and Theology

Rev. Steven Avella, Professor

Rev. Steven AvellaHistory Department

Expertise: Catholic Life in Southeastern Wisconsin and the American West, Generational and Demographic Changes in the U.S. and Wisconsin Catholicism, Papacy, Papal History, Papal Conclaves, Papal Travels, American Catholicism, Hierarchy, American Religious History, American Catholic History, Pope Benedict XVI

Office Phone: (916) 243-9119
Home Phone: (414) 672-0316


Joshua Burns, Associate Professor

Joshua BurnsTheology Department

Expertise: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Interpretation, Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations

Office Phone: (414) 288-6776
Home Phone: (414) 446-6488


Patrick Carey, Professor Emeritus

Patrick CareyTheology Department

Expertise: Church History, Historical Theology, Current Trends in American Catholicism

Office Phone: (414) 288-7189
Home Phone: (920) 726-4491


Ryan Duns, Assistant Chair and Professor

Ryan DunsTheology Department

Expertise: Catholic theology, Christian spirituality, the Church, faith and reason, secularism, theology and popular culture 

Contact: (414) 288-3735 


Julian Hills, Associate Professor

Julian HillsTheology Department

Expertise: Jesus and the Gospels, New Testament, Origins of the Church, Relationships between Episcopal Church and Roman Catholic Church

Office Phone: (414) 288-3776
Home Phone: (414) 332-3115


Scott Idleman, Professor

Scott IdlemanLaw School

Expertise: First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Federal Law Concerning Indian Tribes, Separation of Church and State, Federal Judiciary, Separation of Church and State

Office Phone: (414) 288-5362
Home Phone: (262) 377-2827


Mark Johnson, Associate Professor

Mark JohnsonTheology Department
Academic Integrity Director

Expertise: Catholic Ethics, Medieval Theology, Catholic Theology, Moral Philosophy and Theology

Office Phone: (414) 288-7646
Home Phone: (262) 938-0308


Rev. John Laurance, S.J., Associate Professor Emeritus

Rev. John Laurance, S.J.Theology Department

Expertise: Liturgical History and Theology, Liturgical Year

Office Phone: (414) 288-3734
Home Phone: (414) 288-5052


Susan Mountin, Director

Susan MountinPastoral Leadership in a Cultural Context

Expertise: Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day, Discerning a Vocation, Life Choices, Raising Children in the Faith, Women in Ministry, Ignatian Spirituality, Prayer, Catholic Social Teaching

Office Phone: (414) 288-3693
Home Phone: (414) 453-9583


Irfan Omar, Associate Professor

Irfan OmarTheology Department

Expertise: Islamic Faith, Muslims in America

Office Phone: (414) 288-3746


Andrei Orlov, Professor

Andrei OrlovTheology Department

Expertise: Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature, Jewish Mysticism, Enochic Traditions

Office Phone: (414) 288-6802


Aaron Pidel, Assistant Professor

Aaron PidelTheology Department

Expertise: Catholic Church, Marriage and Family, Jesuit Spirituality, faith and reason, Christian views of ecology  

Media Type: Print, TV, Radio
Contact: (414) 288-6952 


Peter Rofes, Professor

Peter RofesLaw School
Director of Part-Time Legal Education

Expertise: Legal Education, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Judicial Selection, Legal Ethics, Religion and the Law, Flag Desecration

Office Phone: (414) 288-5361


Phillip Runkel, Archivist Emerits

Phillip RunkelLibraries/Special Collections and Archives

Expertise: Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day


Jame Schaefer, Professor

Jame SchaeferTheology Department

Expertise: Environmental Ethics, Ecological Problems, Relation Between Science and Religion/Judeo-Christianity (Including Religious Faith and Medical Treatment), Evolution and Theology, Intelligent Design Movement, Evolution and Theology, Theology and Technology, Theological Foundations for Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science

Office Phone: (414) 288-3742


Richard Taylor, Professor

Richard TaylorPhilosophy Department

Expertise: Islam

Office Phone: (414) 288-5649


Mark George Thiel, Archivist Emeritus

Mark George ThielLibraries/Special Collections and Archives

Expertise: Catholic Missions to Native Americans in North and Latin America, Catholic Missions to Native Americans in North and Latin America

Home Phone: (262) 521-9270


Kate Ward, Associate Professor

Kate WardTheology Department

Expertise: Catholic theology; Catholic social thought; economic justice; virtue ethics; dignity of work; worker's rights; poverty; democracy; taxes; working families; Pope Francis