About Our Faculty

Our faculty members exemplify LMU’s mission and values. They offer expertise in the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Bioethics
  • Buddhism
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Faith & Culture
  • Faith Formation
  • Feminist Theology
  • Hispanic Ministry


  • Historical Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue & Ecumenism
  • Inter-religious & Comparative
  • Islamic Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Latino/a Theology
  • Liberation Theology
  • Mysticism
  • Pastoral Theology


  • Religion & Ecology
  • Religions of India
  • Sacramental Theology and Liturgy
  • Social Ethics
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Spirituality
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Theological Ethics
  • Theology of Ministry




Full-Time Faculty Members


Jonathan Rothchild
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Chair of Theological Studies 

B.A., Georgetown University, 1996; M.A. University of Chicago, 1999; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2004. Dr. Rothchild analyzes contemporary moral issues and social and legal structures through the lenses of Christian theology and ethics.

Curriculum Vitae: Jonathan Rothchild




Susan Abraham
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

B.A., University of Mumbai; M.A., Catholic Theological Union; M.A., University of Mumbai; Th.D., Harvard Divinity School, Massachusetts, 2003. Dr. Abraham is the author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment and Co-editor of Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Catholic Feminist Theology.






Douglas E. Christie
Professor of Theological Studies
Editor, Spiritus
Co-Director Casa Program, Cordoba, Argentina 2013-2016

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1977; M.A., Oxford University (Trinity College), 1980; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1988. Dr. Christie is the author of the award winning book, The Word in the Desert, the editor of the journal Spiritus, and teaches in the area of Christian Spirituality.





Christopher Key Chapple
Professor of Theological Studies
Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology
Editor, Worldviews
Director, M.A. in Yoga Studies Program 

B.A. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976; M.A. Fordham University, 1978; Ph.D. Fordham University, 1980. A specialist in the religions of India, he has published twelve books, including Karma and Creativity; a co-translation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra; Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions; Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra's Array of Views on Yoga; and several edited volumes on Religion and Ecology, including Hinduism and Ecology and Jainism and Ecology in the Harvard series on Religion and Ecology. He serves on numerous advisory boards and in 2002 established the Yoga Studies program at LMU Extension's Center for Religion and Spirituality.

Curriculum Vitae: Christopher Chapple CV




Roberto Dell Oro
Professor of Theological Studies
Director, The Bioethics Institute

S.T.B., Facolta’ Teologica di Milano, 1983; S.T.L., Gregorian University, Rome 1985; Visiting Researcher in Philosophy, Hochschule für Philosophie, Munich, 1986-1987; S.T.D., Gregorian University, 1992; Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics, Georgetown University, 1993-95. Dr. Dell’Oro teaches in the areas of bioethics, theological ethics, and ethical theories with a special interest in anthropological themes at the crossroad of theology and philosophy. He published in several languages, is the author/editor of three books, and has translated two books and several essays from German.



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Nicholas Denysenko
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Director, The Huffington Ecumenical Institute 

B.S., University of Minnesota, 1994; M.Div., St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2000; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2008. His teaching and research interests focus on liturgical and sacramental theology, the Byzantine liturgical tradition, Mariology, mystagogy, and contemporary pastoral theology.





James L. Fredericks
Professor of Theological Studies

1988 Ph.D. University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; 1983 S.T.L. Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California; 1976 M.A. St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park , California ; 1973 B.A. St. Joseph ’s College, Mountain View , California. Dr. Fredericks is a specialist in inter-religious dialogue, especially the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Kyoto , Japan and is a member of the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue and the Bay Area Chan, Zen, Catholic Dialogue.

Curriculum Vitae:  James L. Fredericks




Cecilia González-Andrieu
Associate Professor of Theology and Theological Aesthetics

Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union; M.A. Loyola Marymount University; B.A. Loyola Marymount University;. Specializing in Theological Aesthetics, U.S. Latino Theology, and Systematic Theology, González-Andrieu is the author of Bridge to Wonder:  Art as a Gospel of Beauty (Baylor University Press) and a frequent contributor to ARTS, The Journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. She has been recognized by the GTU, the Catholic Press Association Best National Column Award, and the Hispanic Theological Initiative in Princeton.  Writings include chapters in: Encounters of Faith: Latin American Devotional Art, Presente! U.S. Latino Catholics from Colonial Origins to the Present, Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays, Camino a Emaús, The Treasure of Guadalupe, and essays in ARTS, The Journal of the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.





Anna Harrison
Associate Professor of Theological Studies

B.A., Barnard College, 1986; M.A., Fordham University, 1994; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2007.  Dr. Harrison teaches classes in the history of late antique and medieval Christian religious thought and practice.  She is at work on a book titled, “‘Thousands and Thousands of Lovers’: Sense of Community among the Nuns of Helfta.” 




Michael P. Horan
Professor of Theological Studies
BCLA Associate Dean

B.A., Iona College, 1977; M.R.E., Catholic University of America, 1982; Ph.D., Catholic University of America, 1989. Dr. Horan's research and publications treat the history and theory of catechetics in the United States and the preparation of lay pastoral leaders for the future. He teaches in the area of pastoral theology and religious education. He is the author of the book Catechesis as an Evangelizing Moment.




Brett Hoover
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2010; M.A., Washington Theological Union, 1997; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989. Dr. Hoover is the author of The Shared Parish: Latino and White Catholics and the Future of U.S. Catholicism and Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul. In 2001, he co-founded BustedHalo.com. Dr. hoover teaches on issues of faith and culture and pastoral theology.

Curriculum Vitae: Brett Hoover


  Amir Hussain

Professor of Theological Studies
Editor,  Journal of the American Academy of Religion 

B. Sc., University of Toronto, 1987; M. A., University of Toronto, 1990; Ph. D., University of Toronto, 2001. Dr. Hussain teaches and publishes about Islam and Muslim lives. His research focuses on Muslim communities in North America. He also teaches about comparative religion and interfaith dialogue. He is the author Oil & Water: Two Faiths, One God.



Gil P. Klein
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

B.Arch., Bezalel Academy, 1998; M. Phil., Cambridge University, 2003; Ph.D., Cambridge University, 2007. Dr. Klein specializes in the study of late antique rabbinic Judaism in correspondence with the discipline of architectural history and theory.




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Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
On leave 2014-2017

B.A., University of Cambridge, 1977. M.A., University of Cambridge, 1979. S.T.B., Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, 1990; S.T.L., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1995; Ph.D., University of Wales, 2005. Fr. Llywelyn teaches Christian Spirituality, specializing in the area of theology and culture. He is the author of Sacred Place, Chosen People: Land and Nationality in Welsh Spirituality and Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality.



Matthew R. Petrusek
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2013; M.A., Yale University, 2005; B.A., Washington and Lee University, 2002. Dr. Petrusek’s interests and specializations include meta ethics, the intersection of philosophical and theological ethics, Christian ethics, ethics and political theory, natural law, virtue theory, distributive justice, and human dignity. He has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy and Theology, and has served as an on-air analyst for Noticias MundoFox and CNN Español.


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Charlotte Radler
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education

B.A., University of Lund (Sweden), 1997; M.A., University of Lund (Sweden), 1997; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003. Dr. Radler researches theological and mystical developments from late antiquity to the late Middle Ages. In particular, she focuses on the issues of mysticism, heresy, and women. She is currently completing a book on Meister Eckhart.


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Thomas P. Rausch, S.J.
Professor of Theological Studies 
T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology 

B.A., Gonzaga University, 1966; M.A., Gonzaga University, 1967; S.T.M., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, 1972; Ph.D., Duke University, 1976. Fr. Rausch teaches in the area of ecclesiology, Christology, and ecumenism. He has authored seventeen books and over 200 articles, including Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to His Theological Vision, The Roots of the Catholic Tradition, Catholicism at the Dawn of the Third Millennium, Reconciling Faith and Reason.





David Sanchez
Associate Professor of Theological Studies

B.A., CSULA 1988; M.A., Claremont School of Theology, 1997; M.Phil., Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2004; Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2006. Prof. Sanchez specializes in New Testament Studies with an emphasis on the Apocalypse of John as a discourse of counter imperial resistance. His research interests also include Guadalupan studies and contemporary Guadalupan iconography.


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Jeffrey S. Siker
Professor of Theological Studies
Administrative Director, University Core Curriculum  

B.A., Indiana University, 1976; M.A., Indiana University, 1978; M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 1981; Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989. Dr. Siker teaches and publishes in the area of New Testament studies. He is the author of Disinheriting the Jew: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy and of Scripture and Ethics: Twentieth Century Portraits. He is also the editor of Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate.



Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Professor of Theological Studies
Associate Chair, Graduate Education 

B.A., George Fox University, 1977; M.Div., Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1981; D. Phil., Oxford University, 1986. Dr. Smith-Christopher teaches biblical studies (Old Testament) and cross-cultural interpretation.  He is the author of  Religion of the Landless (1989), A Biblical Theology of Exile (2002), the "Commentary on the Book of Daniel" for the New Interpreter's Bible (1996), and "Ezra-Nehemiah" for The Oxford Bible Commentary (2000).   His commentary on Micah appears as a volume of The Old Testament Library (2015).






Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier
Associate Professor of Theological Studies

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1997; M.A., University of Notre Dame,
1999; Ph.D., Boston College , 2006. Dr. Tiemeier teaches and
researches in the areas of Hinduism, comparative
theology/interreligious dialogue, feminist theology, Asian and Asian
American theology, and religion and popular culture.



Clinical Professor, Jain and Sikh Studies  
Visiting Faculty  


Postdoctoral Fellows


Part-Time Faculty