About me

I write about religion and public life, the meaning and value of work, and higher education. Many of my essays in The New Republic, America, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Higher Education can be found here.

I am currently working on a book about the challenge of finding moral and spiritual meaning in work in our post-industrial, economically precarious era. My teaching and research on work have been funded by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute.

I am available for speaking or consulting engagements that draw from my research and experience in faculty development and general education.

I taught theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for 11 years, and in 2011-2015 directed the college’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, where I led numerous faculty development programs and turned a moribund center into an agent for improving the college’s teaching culture.

At King’s I also oversaw and led curricular development and reform, serving for four years on the Curriculum and Teaching Committee and chairing our Core Curriculum Review committee for two years.

My research and teaching have been primarily about Christian theology and public life, theologies of work, and Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophy and ethics. My academic articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Religious Ethics, and International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. I have also taught courses on religious belief, religious ethics, evil, science and religion, Christology, Catholicism, religious autobiography, medical ethics, and the history of Christian thought.

My first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity, drew upon Cyril of Jerusalem, Kierkegaard, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in order to challenge the bias toward witness in public theology and develop secrecy as a means for Christians to cultivate their religious identity. The book won the gold medal for the religion category in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards in 2009.

Originally from the suburbs of Buffalo, New York, I have lived most of my life in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in pursuit of learning — both mine and others’. I have a B.A. in religion and physics from The Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia. I now live in Dallas, Texas.

You can follow me on Twitter or email me at jonathanmalesic@gmail.com.