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 Mexico and Nicaragua, in Greece and Egypt, and at an ashram in India.  He settled at Harvard Divinity School where he completed his doctoral studies in philosophy and religion with a concentration on modern thought, gender studies, and aesthetics. He uses a combination of ethnographic method, critical theory, and historiography to explore the complex and shifting interrelationships of the body, gender, and aesthetic experience in the West.  He also writes about American religion, spirituality and the arts, aesthetics and ethics. At Manhattan College, he is teaching courses such as ‘Beauty and the Sublime’, ‘Philosophies of Desire’, and ‘Boat Building 101’ (he is kidding about that last one, sort of).