About the Current Chair

Vincent J. Miller, Ph.D. came to the University of Dayton from Georgetown University where he was an associate professor of theology. He served as a distinguished visiting professor at U.D. in spring 2008. He is author of Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture (New York: Continuum, 2003) and is currently working on a book about how globalization is affecting religious belief and communities.  He was appointed as the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture in 2009.

Dr. Miller says, "I'm thrilled to be joining the University of Dayton, which has done so much to sustain the conversation of the Catholic intellectual tradition in the U.S.  I look forward to working in a department where theology is undertaken in dialogue with the study of the history and culture of American Catholicism."

According to Dr. Sandra Yocum, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, U.D.'s graduate religious studies program this year includes 34 doctoral students and about 75 master's students. It's program focus on the U.S. Catholic experience. The U.S. Catholic Collection held by the U.D.'s library supports the religious studies program and will celebrated its 10th anniversary May 20, 2009.