Rev. Dr. R. Bruce Cinquegrani, Visiting Assistant Professor, joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at CBU in 2015 after serving two years as an adjunct professor here. He received his D. Min. in Liturgical Theology from Barry University in 2014. He also holds a B. A. in Religious Studies from Assumption College (1973), an M. Div. from St. Meinrad School of Theology (1979), and an M. A. in Liturgical Theology from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend (1986). Ordained to the Catholic Priesthood in 1979 for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Father Bruce has served as Associate Pastor at St. Ann, Bartlett, Chaplain and Director of Catechesis at Bishop Byrne High School, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese, Secretary for Worship and Spiritual Life, and Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle, in Somerville, TN, for four years, St. Ann in Bartlett for fourteen years, and continues to serve as Pastor of St. Brigid Catholic Church, Memphis, where he has been assigned since 2006. He also serves as Vicar for Worship, Spiritual Life and Catechesis for the Diocese of Memphis. His academic interests are in the field of liturgical/sacramental theology with particular focus on the relationship between the human sciences and liturgy, specifically the area of the psychology of ritual and worship. Because it is a closely related field, ecclesiology is also of great interest. His dissertation is titled: “Liturgy Engaged: An Exploration of Liturgical Participation as an Act of Human Empathy.” He has been a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy since 1988.
Dr. Burt Fulmer, Associate Professor, joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty in 2007. He received a Ph.D. in theology and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2006. He also holds an M.A. in the teaching of writing and literature from George Mason University and a B.A. in philosophy from Georgetown University. Before teaching graduate and undergraduate students at CBU and Vanderbilt, he taught and tutored students of all ages in the Washington, DC area and in Guatemala City. He is committed to courses that discuss theology and Christianity in connection with contemporary political, social, and economic issues, especially from the perspectives of Catholic Social Teaching and Black Liberation Theology. He hopes that he can help his students to think critically about their lives, their world, and the decisions they are called upon to make each day. He served as the director of the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies Program from 2009-14, as well as Faculty Assembly President in 2011-12. He serves as the convener in the Race and Diversity Section of the College Theology Society and was the Editor of Historical Theology for Religious Studies Review from 2010 to 2013. He has also been the faculty advisor for three student organizations at CBU. His own research has centered on questions concerning identity, consumerism, love, desire, and compassion. He has published articles on Augustine, Anselm, and Sartre. He is also the author of a chapter in the book, Augustine and Social Justice (Lexington Books, January 2015). He is currently writing a book that develops his own systematic theology in conversation with trauma theory. He is married to Emily Fulmer who has also taught religion courses at CBU. They have two children.
Dr. Scott D. Geis, Professor, Dean of Rosa Deal School of Arts. Dr. Geis joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at Christian Brothers University in the fall of 2005. Prior to coming to CBU, he served on the faculties of St. Norbert College for four years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and at Marquette University for thirteen years, both in the Department of Theology and College of Professional Studies as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. After earning his B.A. from Bethel College in 1980 and his M.Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1985, Dr. Geis went on to earn a M.Th. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Marquette University in 1995. His primary areas of study are systematic theology and theological ethics, with special interests in the problem of evil (theodicy), contemporary atheism and theism, Christology, the theologies of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the life and writings of Søren Kierkegaard and Simone Weil, and the religious thought of C. S. Lewis. Dr. Geis most enjoys time with his wife and daughter, visiting family, good friends, conversations with colleagues and students, reading, running, racquetball, and listening to good music – especially the Beatles, U2, and the Pat Metheny Group. The years he and his wife spent in Durham, NC at Duke University explains his rather intense devotion to Blue Devil basketball.
Dr. Emily A. Holmes, Associate Professor, joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at CBU in 2008. She holds degrees from Emory University (Ph.D. 2008), Harvard University (M.T.S. 1999), University of Cambridge (M.Phil. 1998), and Tulane University (B.A. 1996). Prior to teaching at CBU, she taught part-time at Rhodes College. Dr. Holmes’ research interests include medieval theology and mysticism, women’s writing practices, and food ethics and the spirituality of eating. She has published articles and chapters in a variety of journals and books, and is the author of Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation (Baylor University Press, 2013); the co-editor of Breathing with Luce Irigaray (Bloomsbury, 2013); and the co-editor of Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion (Baylor University Press, 2011). She is the recipient of grants from the Louisville Institute, the CBU Faculty-Staff Development fund, and the Lindsay Young Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, and was a fellow of the American Academy of Religion/Luce Summer Seminars in Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology (2009-2010). Dr. Holmes is the network editor for feminist theology at Religious Studies Review and served as co-chair of the Women and Religion section of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) from 2007-2010. She is currently editing a special issue of the Journal of Theology & Sexuality on the theme of maternality and is continuing to develop a theology of food justice. At CBU, Dr. Holmes teaches courses in World Religions, Christian Spirituality, Classical Christian Thought, and Catholicism and Other Faith Traditions. She has developed new courses in Women and Christianity and in the Spirituality and Ethics of Eating. Her religion courses are interdisciplinary and experiential in approach, drawing on Dr. Holmes’ strengths in theology, philosophy, and literature as well as her personal and professional interests in religious diversity, spirituality, and food ethics. Dr. Holmes is faculty advisor to the CBU Gay-Straight Alliance. In 2010, she received the New Advisor Award for student advising. She serves on the committee for the Vanderhaar Symposium on Peace and Justice; chairs the Faculty Assembly Policy Committee; and served as chair of the CBU Safe Zones Committee from 2013-2014. Dr. Holmes serves on the board of GrowMemphis, the Christian Education committee of First Congregational Church, and is the Community Garden Leader of Peabody Elementary School. She lives in midtown Memphis with her husband and two children. When she has time, she likes to read fiction and get outside occasionally. Learn more about Dr. Holmes on the Faculty Excellence Page here.
Dr. Leigh M. Johnson, Associate Professor, is a native Memphian who received her Master's in Philosophy from Villanova University and her Ph.D. in Philosophy with a Doctoral Minor in Africana Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Her primary areas of teaching and research are in moral and political philosophy, including feminist philosophy, critical race theory and theories of gender and sexuality. She is also an avid technophile and a documentary filmmaker, and has brought those interests into the classroom over the last several years by incorporating philosophy of film and philosophy of technology into her courses. Her current scholarship focuses on democratic theory, humanism and human rights, terrorism and torture, as well as the changing moral, political, social and cultural landscapes of the "digital age."
Dr. Philip J. (Max) Maloney, Professor, has been a member of the religion and philosophy faculty since 2000. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis, and an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from the University of Montana. His primary research interests are in contemporary continental philosophy, primarily within the phenomenological tradition. He has published articles on Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, and is currently thinking, reading, and writing on the intersection between the phenomenological tradition and the recent resurgence of realism in the continental tradition. As a faculty member, he teaches courses that satisfy the CBU moral values general education requirement, logic, and courses in the history of philosophy. He appreciates irony and savage witticism, striving to be a master of both. He chafes under the requirements of bureaucratic life, and is thus clearly human.
Dr. James Buchanan Wallace (Chair), Associate Professor, joined the faculty at Christian Brothers University in 2008. Dr. Wallace studied English and Russian at Sewanee (B.A. 1998) before going on to study theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div. 2002). He also studied theology for a year at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, as a Candler exchange student (2000-2001). He remained at Emory University to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (2008). Before joining the faculty at CBU, he served as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology (Spring 2008). He has also taught American Literature at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Wallace’s research interests include Patristic interpretations of Scripture, and the Greco-Roman and Jewish religious contexts of early Christianity. He is currently investigating Patristic interpretations of Colossians. He is also fascinated by heavenly ascent traditions of the ancient world. He has published one book, entitled Snatched into Paradise (2 Cor 12:1-10): Paul's Heavenly Journey in the Context of Early Christian Experience (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011), which is a revised version of his dissertation. This book combines both of Dr. Wallace’s research interests by offering an analysis of Paul’s claim in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 to have been taken to the third heaven. Dr. Wallace is also co-editor of The Holy Spirit and the Church according to the New Testament (Mohr Siebeck, 2016). He also has interests in ancient, non-canonical pseudepigraphical writings. Dr. Wallace occasionally serves as a guest speaker on Eastern Orthodox Christian theology and spirituality. At Christian Brothers, Dr. Wallace teaches both Old Testament and New Testament, in addition to a variety of upper-level courses in Scripture, including courses in the Prophets, the Gospels, and Paul, as well as a course entitled, "The Apopcalyptic Imagination." On occasion, he also teaches World Religions. He teaches in the MACS program, where he enjoys bringing his interest in the history of biblical interpretation into the classroom. As a native of nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, Dr. Wallace is honored and excited to have returned to serve the Memphis area. Outside of work, Dr. Wallace enjoys spending time with his wife, Thea, and their three children. He remains an avid reader of fiction and poetry, and he is a sub-deacon in the Orthodox Church in America.