William D. Buhrman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Associate Dean for Program Administration

Office: Treadaway Hall, Room 140


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B.A., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1994
M.A., The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1997
M.A., St. Mary’s University, 1999
Ph.D., Marquette University, 2004

Courses Taught

Foundations of Reflection: God
Christ and the Christian God
The Catholic Church and Christian Community
The Catholic Literary Experience
Introduction to Catholic Studies

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Buhrman’s research interest is probably best described as theological anthropology. He investigates the role of Christian teachings about Christ, salvation, and grace in interpreting our experience. At the same time, he is particularly interested in the way our experience of freedom poses important questions for theology to answer meaningfully for the culture in which we live. This often leads him to an interdisciplinary focus in theology and literature, but also to other areas such as Black Theology of Liberation or consideration of the relation of theology to modernity.

Publications and Distinctions

“Nostalgia and Redemption in Joseph Kanon’s The Good German.” Literature and Theology 22.4 (2008): 475-490.

Nathan Scott’s Literary Criticism and Fundamental Theology. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.