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Michael Hollerich

Professor Emeritus


Michael Hollerich has been a member of the Theology Department since 1993, having previously taught at Santa Clara University, Luther College, St. Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame. His academic training is in the history of Christianity (B.A. Notre Dame, in theology; M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, theology and church history; Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Christianity). At St. Thomas he taught many sections of the department's introductory course, as well as specialized courses in all periods of church history; he also taught graduate-level courses in the School of Divinity, the Catholic Studies program, and the Murray Institute. His academic publications are primarily in the early Christian period, especially the writings of Eusebius of Caesarea (d. 339), with a secondary interest in modern German church history. Research topics included religion and politics, especially political theology; the history of biblical interpretation; and historiography. Publications include several chapters in books, on subjects ranging from early Christian biblical interpretation of the Roman Empire to the German Catholic debate on nuclear weapons in the 1950s. Co-editor, with Mark McInroy, of the fourth edition of The Christian Theological Tradition (Routledge, August 2019). His book Making Christian History: Eusebius of Caesarea and His Readers, on how Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History shaped Christian historical reflection for 1700 years, is published by the University of California Press.