The University of St. Thomas

Gustafson, Hans

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Assistant Director Jay Phillips Center

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
Phone: (651) 962-5798
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5798

2115 Summit Avenue/97G, Saint Paul, MN  55105

Office Location: 97 Grand

Hans Gustafson teaches World Religions for the theology department and is the assistant director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, a collaborative academic institute of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University (MN) which also serves the College of Saint Benedict (MN).  Hans periodically serves as an adjunct faculty member for the department of theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. 


  Ph.D. Religion (Philosophy of Religion & Theology), Claremont Graduate University, 2012

  M.A. Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University, 2008

  M.A. Theology, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), 2006

  B.A. (Philosophy & Theology, Boston College, 2002

            Independent Research: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) / Tribhuvan University (Nepal), 2000


Courses Taught at UST

  THEO 101        “Christian Theological Tradition”

  THEO 424       “Christianity and World Religions”


Selected Publications

  “Sacramental Mediation between Theology & Spirituality,” in Spirituality in the 21st Century: Explorations, John L. Hochmeier and William S. Schmidt, eds. (Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013, First Edition; ISBN: 978-1-84888-168-6), 63-82

“Sacramental Spirituality in The Brothers Karamazov and Wendell Berry’s Port William Characters.” Literature and Theology (Oxford Journals), Sept. 20, 2012

 “Collapsing the Sacred and the Profane: Pan-Sacramental Possibilities in Aquinas and the Implications for Spirituality.”  The Heythrop Journal (Wiley-Blackwell), 2011

 “Substance Beyond Illusion: The Spirituality of Bede Griffiths,” The Way, 47/3 (July 2008), 31-48.


Selected Presentations

“Vexation and Promise in the New Testament: Interpreting Panentheistic Passages and their Implications for Interfaith Discourse” at Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity hosted by The Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY (June 23-25, 2013)

“Pansacramentality as a new model for the God-World Relationship in Panentheism”  at  the  Upper  Midwest  Regional  Meeting  of  the  American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) hosted by Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN (April 6, 2013).

 “Sacramental Caution and Finding God in All things: Sacramentality and Spirituality in Luther and Loyola” at the 59th annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in San Diego, CA (April 5, 2013).

“Sacramentality as a Philosophical Model of Mediation and Reconciliation: with an Emphasis on Christian Theology and Spirituality” at annual Moberg conference on sociological perspectives on reconciliation at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN (February 22-23, 2013).

“Multiple Religious Belonging and Interfaith Panentheistic Spirituality in the Liberal Theology of Nicholas Black Elk” in the “Liberal Theologies” unit at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago, IL (Nov. 17-20, 2012).

“What a Christians might learn about Sacramentality from the Spirituality of Nicholas Black Elk?” at the “Comparative Theology” session of annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America in St. Louis, MO (June 7-10, 2012).  Francis X. Clooney served as the respondent for the session.

“Place  and  Selfhood  in  the  Later  Years”  at  the  Twelfth  General  Meeting  and Conference of the International Thomas Merton Society hosted by Loyola University, Chicago, IL (June 9-12, 2011).

“Sacramental Mediation between Theology & the Contemporary Study of Spirituality” at the First Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy in Prague, Czech Republic (March 20-22, 2011).

“The Theological and the Political in an Era of Globalization: Reflections on Ethics, Theology,  and  Kant”  at  the  Upper  Midwest  Regional  Meeting  of  the  American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) hosted by Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN (March 27-28, 2009).

“Luther and Loyola in Context: Spirituality, Saintliness and Divine Communication” at the  Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) hosted by Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN (April 13-14, 2007).