Michele Petersen

Visiting Assistant Professor

Teaches introductory courses in Theology and Philosophy.

Her specialty is in the theology, philosophy, spirituality, and pedagogy of Edith Stein and the religious philosophy of Paul Ricoeur.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Iowa, Religious Studies
  • MA, University of Notre Dame, Theology
  • MA, University of Iowa, History
  • BA, University of Iowa, History and Political Science

What Inspires You?

Collaborative work with others to help transform systemic injustice is a source of inspiration and empowerment in living a courageous life dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.

Recent Publications

Petersen, M.K. (2021). A Hermeneutics of Contemplative Silence: Paul Ricoeur, Edith Stein and the Heart of Meaning. Series: Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur. Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield.

Book Chapter:
Petersen, M.K. (2022). Chapter 5: "Love Divined: Discerning a Contemplative Ethic in the Philosophy of Edith Stein." M.F. Andrews and A. Calcagno Eds. Ethics and Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Edith Stein: Applications and Implications, Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences, Volume 12 (pp. 55-71). Springer Nature Switzerland AG

More About Dr. Petersen

Courses Taught

Introduction to Comparative Religions
Just Theology
Philosophies of Life

Professional Memberships

Academy of American Poets, 2008-present
American Academy of Religion, 2006-present
Newman Association of America, 2018-present
The International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein, 2010-present
The Society for Ricoeur Studies, 2010-present
The Society of Christian Ethics, 2007-present