Associate Director

Hans Gustafson, Ph.D.

651-962-5798

Hans Gustafson joined the Jay Phillips Center as the assistant director in June 2011.  He also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the theology department at the University of St. Thomas teaching Jesus Christ and Interreligious Dialogue and Christianity and World Religions.  He periodically serves as an adjunct faculty member for the department of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University teaching courses such as Christian Approahces to Other Religions.  He holds master degrees in both theology and philosophy and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University.  Born and raised in Minneapolis, Hans is passionate about teaching interreligious theology, and promoting interfaith collaboration and solidarity among students and others served by the Jay Phillips Center.  

His scholarly work reflects a commitment to ecumenical and interreligious learning, particularly in the fields of comparative theology, theologies of religion, spirituality and the philosophy of religion.  Recent publications include articles on the interreligious spirituality of Bede Griffiths in The Way (2008), the sacramental spirituality in Dostoevsky and Wendell Berry in Literature and Theology (2012), and the prominence of place in Thomas Merton’s late journals in The Merton Annual (2013).  Recently he has presented on the sacramentality and interfaith spirituality of Nicholas Black Elk at the national conference of the Catholic Theological Society of America (St. Louis, 2012) and at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (Chicago 2012 and Baltimore 2013).  He currently serves as a contributing scholar for State of Formation founded by the Journal of for Inter-Religious Dialogue.  Please click here to view more details about Hans’ scholarship.