Theodore M. Vial, Jr.

Theodore M. Vial, Jr.

Associate Dean of Curriculum and Institutional Assessment
Harvey Potthoff Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3166

Fax: (303) 777-0164



B.A. Brown University
M.A. The University of Chicago
Ph.D. The University of Chicago


Ted Vial teaches modern western religious thought, including theology, and Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment theories of religions.

He has published Modern Religion, Modern Race (Oxford, 2016); Schleiermacher: A Guide for the Perplexed (T & T Clark, 2013); Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich (Routledge, 2004); and co-edited Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich (Brown Judaic Studies, 2001). Vial has published articles on theory and on historical theology in Numen, Harvard Theological Review, Religion, Method & Theory in the Study of Religions, and Zeitschrift für neuereTheologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology, as well as chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Friedrich Schleiermacher (edited by Jacqueline Mariña) and Teaching Ritual (edited by Catherine Bell). He has published on the intersection of religion and nationalism in the modern west, and is currently working on gender and Judaism in 18th- and 19th-century Germany.

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