Kimberly Vrudny joined the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas in 2003, after teaching as an adjunct professor in 2001 and as a visiting professor in 2002-2003. She completed her Ph.D. in 2001 from Luther Seminary with the dissertation: "Scribes, Corpses, and Friars: Lay Devotion to the Genetrix, Mediatrix, and Redemptrix Through Mendicant Didactic Use of the Speculum humanae salvationis in Late Medieval Europe." Her primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate theology; she also teaches occasionally in the Aquinas Scholars Honors program, and for the M.A.T. program through the St. Paul Seminary.
Ph.D. (2001), Luther Seminary, Historical Theology (with coursework from Cambridge University, England). Thesis: "Scribes, Corpses, and Friars: Lay Devotion to the Genetrix, Mediatrix, and Redemptrix Through Mendicant Didactic Use of the Speculum humanae salvationis in Late Medieval Europe." I presented arguments for considering Nicola da Milano as author of the Speculum humanae salvationis after studying medieval copies of the Speculum humanae salvationis in: Oxford (The Bodleian Library), London (The British Museum), Cambridge (The Fitzwilliam Museum), New York (The Morgan Library), Chicago (The Newberry Library). Director: James Kittelson, Ph.D.
M.A. (1995), United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Theology and the Arts. Thesis: "The Medieval Treatment of the Queen: The Austrian Monastic Quest for the Biblical, Allegorical, and Historical Esther." I surveyed copies of the Speculum humanae salvationis in Austrian collections, and examined medieval biblical interpretation of Esther in texts and images. Director: Wilson Yates, Ph.D.
B.A. (1992), Gustavus Adolphus College, magna cum laude. Religion and Art History Majors; Studio Art Minor. Semester abroad at the University of Haifa, Israel. Director: Linnea Wren, Ph.D.
Areas of Expertise
Theology and Public Health (HIV/AIDS)
Theology and the Arts
||Introduction to the Christian Theological Tradition|
||Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary|
|Theology of Beauty (Undergraduate)|
||Theology of Beauty (Graduate)|
|Theology and Art|
||AIDS, Apartheid, and the Arts of Resistance (in Cape Town, South Africa)|
||Community Action and Social Change|
||Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives|