Religious Studies

Perry Hamalis

Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, Professor of Religious Studies


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Perry T. Hamalis joined NCC's faculty in 2004 and, in 2011, was named the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion. Dr. Hamalis teaches and pursues scholarship in the field of Religious Ethics, with special interest in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, virtue ethics, and the intersection of religion and political philosophy. In 2015-16, he was awarded a 12-month Fulbright Senior Research and Teaching Fellowship and was appointed Underwood Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He also received North Central's Dissinger Award for Outstanding Teaching and Leadership in 2011 and Dissinger Award for Senior Faculty Scholarship in 2018. Dr. Hamalis co-edited and contributed to Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018). His articles and essays have been published in journals including Studies in Christian Ethics, the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the Society of Christian EthicsEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Buisson Ardent, and the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, and in numerous encyclopedias. He has contributed chapters to edited volumes including Child Theology: Diverse Methods and Global Perspectives (Orbis Books, 2021)Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine (Fordham University Press, 2017), The Orthodox Christian World (Routledge, 2012), Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Thinking through Faith (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2008). His forthcoming monograph, Formed by Death: Insights for Ethics from Eastern Orthodox Christianity, will be published by University of Notre Dame Press.  Dr. Hamalis has lectured on topics pertaining to Religion and Ethics across the country, in Greece, Italy, Germany, Australia, Argentina, and in South Korea. He also served as a consultant to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and as a delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the WCC. Dr. Hamalis is an ordained deacon in the Orthodox Church and a frequent lecturer at churches across the nation.


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Courses Taught

Christian Ethics & Spirituality

Religion and the Political Order

Vices and Virtues

Urban Ethics and Religion

Philosophical Ethics

World Religions

History of Ideas: Power & Statecraft

Death & Dying

The Challenges of War