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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Boyd Taylor Coolman

theology department

Boyd Taylor Coolman

Associate Professor

Stokes N321
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3971
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
A.B., Wheaton College

Research Interests

An historical theologian of medieval Catholicism, Coolman’s research interests lie in the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, with a focus on the Victorine and early Franciscan traditions, on the emergence of scholastic theology, and on medieval mystical theologies.


Early Franciscan Theology: Trinity and Christology
Dionysian Mysticism in the Middle Ages
Medieval Eucharistic Theology

Recent Publications

Knowledge, Love, and Ecstasy in Thomas Gallus, Oxford University Press, 2017.

“On the Subject Matter of Theology in the Summa halensis and St. Thomas Aquinas,” The Thomist 79 (2015): 439-66.

“The Comprehensive Scope of Classical Christology in the Twelfth-Century,” The Thomist 78:2 (2014): 219-45.

In whom I am well pleased: Hugh of St. Victor’s Trinitarian Aesthetics,” Pro Ecclesia 23-N3 (2014): 331-54.

“Hugh of St. Victor’s Influence on the Halensian Definition of Theology,” Franciscan Studies 70 (2012): pp. 367-84.


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