Vitae

Updated: 27 August 2013

David J. Dunn

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., 2011, Vanderbilt University, theological studies, minor in historical studies
Dissertation topic:  Symphonia in the Secular: An Ecclesiology for the Narthex
Committee: M. Douglas Meeks, J. Patout Burns, Paul DeHart, John Thatamanil, Paul Valliere

M.A., 2008, Vanderbilt University, theological studies

M.A., 2004, Olivet Nazarene University, religion, concentration in theology
Thesis:        “Inevitable Apokatastasis: Defending Gregory of Nyssa”
Committee:     Craig Keen, Richard Thompson, Anthony Baker

M.S., 2003, Butler University, effective teaching, concentration in secondary education
Thesis:        “Two Ways of Teaching: Towards a Praxical Theology of Religious Education”
Advisor:    Hema Ramanathan

B.A., 2000, Olivet Nazarene University, religious studies, minor in cross-cultural ministries

PRIMARY TEACHING and RESEARCH COMPETENCIES

Areas of Specialization

Systematic Theology, Orthodox Theology, Political Theology, Theology of Economy, Augustine Studies, Historical Theology and Patristics.

Areas of Competence

Philosophy, Evangelical Protestantism, New Testament Literature, Comparative Religions

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Refereed Journals

“‘Her that is no Bride!’: St. Thecla and the Relation between Office and Gender,” Saint Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 54.1 (2010)

“Radical sophiology: Fr. Sergej Bulgakov and John Milbank on Augustine,” Studies in East European Thought 64.3-4 (2012)

Articles in Edited Volumes

Symphonia in the Secular OR How to be Orthodox when you Lose your Empire,” Sophia: Studies in Orthodox Theology 3 (2011)

“Going Away Hungry: The Economic Implications of Eucharistic Worthiness,” Sophia: Studies in Orthodox Theology 2 (2010)

“Sexual Healing: Desire and Pleasure in the Thought of Augustine of Hippo and Gregory of Nyssa,” Sophia: Studies in Orthodox Theology 3 (Forthcoming 2013)

Book Reviews

Review of Sergei Bulgakov, Lamb of God, in International Journal of Systematic Theology 11, no. 2 (April 2009): 227-30

Review of Sergei Bulgakov, Jacob’s Ladder, in International Journal of Systematic Theology (Forthcoming)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fall 2011 – Pres, Adjunct Professor, O’More College of Design, Franklin, TN

• “Introduction to Philosophy”
• “Conceptions of Power and Politics in the Christian Tradition”

2007 – 2013, Instructor, Programs for Talented Youth (Vanderbilt University), Nashville, TN

“Comparative Religions” – a survey of the major world religions
“Consumerism in America: The Almighty Dollar?” – consumerism as a civil religion
“History of Christianity” – a survey of Christian history from 30 – 1517
“The Western Canon” – a study of the Great Books from Gilgamesh to Dostoyevsky

2005 – 2009, Teaching Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

“Formation of the Christian Tradition,” J. Patout Burns, Divinity School, Fall 2009
“Constructive Christian Theology I,” M. Douglas Meeks, Divinity School, Fall 2009
“Evangelical Protestantism and the Culture Wars,” Lewis Baldwin, Religious Studies, Fall 2008
“God, Economy, and Poverty,” M. Douglas Meeks, Divinity School, Fall 2007
“Formation of the Christian Tradition,” J. Patout Burns, Divinity School, Fall 2006
“Constructive Christian Theology I,” M. Douglas Meeks, Divinity School, Fall 2005

2002, Teaching Assistant, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

“Modern Religious Thought,” Paul Valliere, Religious Studies, Spring 2002

PRESENTATIONS

2010 “Symphonia in the Secular OR How to be Orthodox when you Lose your Empire.” Short Paper Session of The Sophia Institute Academic Conference, New York, NY

2009 “Going Away Hungry: The Economic Implications of Eucharistic Worthiness.” Short Paper Session of The Sophia Institute Academic Conference, New York, NY

2008  “‘Her that is no Bride!’: St. Thecla and the Relation between Office and Gender.” Short Paper Session of The Sophia Institute Academic Conference, New York, NY

2008  “Wesley’s ‘Civilisation for Hairdressers’: A Bulgakovian Response to the Failure of the Methodist Revival.” Moral Theology section of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Durham, NC

2007  “What Good is Sex?: An Aporia in Augustine’s Anthropology.”   History of Christianity section of the SECSOR/AAR regional conference, Nashville, TN

2006  “Good Sex? Desire in Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa.”  Joint meeting of the Augustine and Augustinian and Eastern Orthodox Studies Groups of the AAR, Washington D.C.

2006  “Sacred Hunger: Fasting as Economic Resistance.”  NEXUS: Religion and Nation Conference, Knoxville, TN

2005  “Church: The Ambiguously Proleptic Icon of the Kingdom.”  Wesleyan Theological Society, Seattle, WA

2004  “Perpetual Purgation: The Internal Logic of Apokatastasis.”  Orthodox Theology Group, AAR, San Antonio, TX

2004  “Is there something about Mary?: Framing a Wesleyan Mariology.”  Wesleyan Theological Society, Rochester, NY

2000  “Shakespearean Silence Before the Problem of Evil.” Undergraduate Research Conference in English and Philosophy, Hammond, IN

MEETINGS MODERATED

2007-09  Graduate Theological Society, Nashville, TN

2007  Vanderbilt University Theology Colloquium, Nashville, TN

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Guest on Huff Post Live, “Faith and the Ballot,” (24 September 2012).

Panelist on Ancient Faith Today, “Same-Sex Marriage: Separation of Church-State Issue, or a Moral Problem We Must Oppose?,” Ancient Faith Radio (17 June 2012).

AWARDS AND HONORS

2007  Stipend Award in Recognition of Academic Achievement, $5000

2004-10  Vanderbilt Graduate Student Travel Grants to Present Research, $500 per award

2004-08  Graduate Research Fellowship, full tuition, $2500 yearly stipend, Vanderbilt University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
American Academy of Religion
Wesleyan Theological Society
Sophia Institute

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003-2004    Clinician, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Indianapolis, IN

2001-2002        Remediation and Preventative Remediation Program Specialist, Maxwell Middle School, Maxwell, IN

REFERENCES

Dr. M. Douglas Meeks
Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies
Vanderbilt University
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 343-3988

Dr. J Patout Burns
Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies
Professor of Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
(615) 383-6029

Dr. Paul Valliere
Professor of Religion and Humanities
Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9404