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School of Theology and Ministry

Brian Dunkle, S.J.

assistant professor of historical theology


Contact Information | (617) 552-1315
Simboli Hall 307


A.B., Harvard University
M.St., Oxford University
M.A., Fordham University
S.T.B., Gregorian University, Rome
S.T.L., Boston College STM
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Interest

Patristics, especially fourth-century Christology and Trinitarian theology; Ambrose of Milan, the Cappadocians, and Augustine; early Christian hymns and poetry.


Rev. Brian Dunkle, S.J., grew up in Freeport, N.Y., before leaving to attend Harvard University, where he studied Classics and competed on the track and cross country teams. After graduation he taught in Rome and studied at Oxford (MSt) before joining the Jesuits, which led to the novitiate in Syracuse, philosophy studies at Fordham University, and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome (STB) and at BCSTM (STL), with stints teaching Classics at Canisius College in Buffalo and serving as an associate pastor in Oceanside, N.Y. While pursuing his doctorate in historical theology at Notre Dame, he served in the St. Joseph County jail and local parishes, including the area’s Melkite Greek Catholic community, and spent two summers teaching philosophy at St. Joseph’s Scholasticate in Vietnam. He remains active in retreat direction and enjoys running and basketball.


Fall 2017
Philosophy of Theologians (TMST7168)
Theology and Literature (TMST7168) 

Spring 2018
Brian P. Dunkle will be on writing leave Spring semester.

Other Courses
Ambrose of Milan
Introduction to Patristic Theology
Latin West and Greek East: From Nicaea to the Fall of Constantinople
The Development of Christological Doctrine
The Trinity in the Early Church

Recent Publications

Ambrose of Milan: On Noah, Defense of David, and Another Defense of David.
Translation and introduction.
Under contract with Catholic University of America Press for the Fathers of the Church Series.

Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan. Oxford: Oxford University, 2016.

St Gregory of Nazianzus: Poems On Scripture. Introduction and translation from Greek. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters

“John Chrysostom’s Community of Anger Management.” In Studia Patristica 82, edited by Yannis Papadokiannis, 1–12.  Leuvens: Peeters, 2017.

“Ambrose of Milan on Deification.” In Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition, edited by Jared Ortiz. Proposal with Catholic University of America Press.

“Humility, Prophecy, and Augustine’s Harmony of the Gospels.” Augustinian Studies 44 (2013): 1–19.

“Anselm of Havelberg’s Use of Authorities in His Account of the Filioque.” Byzantinisches Zeitschrift 105 (2012): 693–720.

“Service in the Analogia Entis and Spiritual Works of Erich Przywara.” Theological Studies 73 (2012): 339–362.

“Mystagogy and Creed in Ambrose’s Iam Surgit Hora Tertia.” In Studia Patristica 69: Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, v.17, edited by Markus Vincent, 25–34. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.

“Classics, Patristics, and the Development of the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum.” In Classics and Jesuit Education, edited by Edmund Cueva, Shannon Byrne, and Frederick Benda, S.J., 34–46. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

“Proclaiming the Silence: Motives and Models in Gregory Nazianzen’s Poem 2.1.34a.” In Motivi e forme della poesia cristiana antica tra scrittura e tradizione classica. Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 108, vol. 2, 383–389. Rome: Institutum patristicum Augustinianum, 2008.

“A Development in Origen’s View of the Natural Law.” Pro Ecclesia 13 (2004): 337–351.