Gary Dorrien

The Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, Gary Dorrien is also Professor of Religion at Columbia University. An Episcopal priest, he was previously the Parfet Distinguished Professor at Kalamazoo College, where he taught for 18 years and also served as Dean of Stetson Chapel. He is the author of 12 books and approximately 150 articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Praised repeatedly for their intellectual creativity, immense erudition, and stylish prose, they include three books on economic democracy and social ethics, two widely acclaimed books on political neo-conservatism, and a trilogy titled The Making of American Liberal Theology: (I) Imagining Progressive Religion; (II) Idealism and Realism in Modernity, 1900-2003; (III) Crisis, Irony, and Post-modernity, 1950-2003. His three volumes on American theological liberalism are considered the definitive works in the field. Described as the most rigorous theological historian of our time, Professor Dorrien moves from analyses of social context and personal struggles through the most abstruse theological and metaphysical issues. A frequent lecturer at universities, divinity schools, conferences, civic groups, and religious gatherings, he speaks for the Distinguished Lecturers Program of the Organization of American Historians and is a recent past president of the American Theological Society. Author of Imperial Designs, Professor Dorrien has a long record of involvement in social justice, human rights, environmental and anti-war organizations.