Philip Francis, PHD

Philip Francis, PHD

Assistant Professor

Department : Religious Studies

Email :

Phone : 718-862-7112

Office : DLS 441


PHD, Harvard University
M.DIV, St Vladimir's Seminary
M.TH., College of the Holy Cross
BA, Gordon College


Philip Francis learned to philosophize at the boatyard in Georgetown, Maine where he grew up; it was a salty mix of lobsterman pragmatists and back-to-the-lander idealists.  Conversations ranged from barnacles to Walden.  After painting the bottom of many a boat, he took his questions on the road, living and studying in liberation theology base camps in Mexico and Nicaragua, monastic communities in Greece and Egypt, ashrams in India, and an Eastern Orthodox school in New York.  He settled at Harvard Divinity School where he completed his doctoral studies with a concentration on modern religious thought, gender studies, and the arts. He uses a combination of ethnographic method, contemporary theory, and historiography to explore the complex and shifting interrelationships of the body, gender, and aesthetic experience in the West.  He writes about American religion, spirituality and the arts, aesthetics and ethics. At Manhattan College, he is teaching courses such as ‘Images of God’, ‘Desire’, and ‘Boat Building 101’ (he is kidding about that last one, sort of).