Philip Francis, PHD

Philip Francis, PHD

Assistant Professor

Department : Religious Studies

Email : philip.francis@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7112

Office : DLS 441

Education

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

About

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 seminary 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.  His book manuscript is an ethnographic and philosophical study of 100 men and women who grew up in an American fundamentalist Christian community and left it, and for whom the arts played an instrumental role in the process of leaving.  He has also written on Byzantine iconography and on links between aesthetics and ethics. At Manhattan College, he is teaching courses such as ‘Images of God’, ‘Eros Crucified’, and ‘Boat Building 101’ (he is kidding about that last one, sort of).