Michele Saracino

Professor, Religious Studies

Dr. Michele Saracino has been a faculty member at Manhattan College for 19 years. Originally from Long Island, she now lives with her husband and 2 children in Northern Westchester.


  • PHD, Marquette University
  • MA, Yale Divinity School
  • BA, Duke University

Courses Taught

RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion 

RELS 152 First Year Seminar

RELS 213 Catholic Thought

RELS 216 Saints and the Catholic Imagination

RELS 219 Self and Other

RELS 225 Contemporary Catholicism

RELS 226 Contemporary Catholic Theologians

RELS 300 Empathy as Spirituality (Writing Intensive)

RELS 375 Religion and the Body

RELS 470: Majors Seminar

RELS 480/481: Honors Thesis


  • Research

    Her research focuses on the intersections among theological anthropology, contemporary continental theory, psychologies of the self, and expressions of religiosity in everyday life. Currently, she is working on questions of empathy, self-compassion, and hope.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Dr. Saracino is the author of four books. Her most recent book is Christian Anthropology: An Introduction to the Human Person (Mahwah: NJ; Paulist Press, 2015). This latest book is a textbook for undergraduate and seminary students and deals with the important and sacred relationship between human and non-human animals. Clothing: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012) examines the spiritual and emotional anxiety we negotiate through our adornment practices, and has recently been published in a Chinese edition. In her book Being about Borders: A Christian Anthropology of Difference (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011), she focuses on the theological implications of the borders of self, religion, and place. She is also the author of the book, On Being Human: A Conversation with Lonergan and Levinas (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2003).

    She has recently coedited Enfleshing Theology (Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2018) with Robert Rivera. This volume is a collection of essays on the distinguished Catholic theologian, M. Shawn Copeland. 

    In addition, Professor Saracino has published various academic essays. Two recent ones include: “Intimate Wilderness: A Spirituality of Empathy,” Spiritus 21 (2021): 173-192 and “Into the Blue: Swimming as a Metaphor for Revelation,” in The Enigma of Divine Revelation: Between Phenomenology and Comparative Theology, eds. Jean-Luc Marion and Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer (New York: Springer Press, 2020), 177-195. 

    She also publishes on issues related to theology and difference, specifically gender. Two essays on that topic include: “Moving Beyond the ‘One True Story,” in Shoulder to Shoulder: Frontiers in Constructive Catholic Feminist Theology, eds. Susan Abraham and Elena Procario-Foley (Fortress Press, 2009), and “Feeling through the Limits of Conversation,” in Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women’s Strategies for the Church, ed. Colleen Griffith (Crossroad, 2009). 

     For a more complete review of Dr. Saracino's research, see https://docs.google.com/document/d/118YnOz147QmPcI74NWk8gc81IBgJXslB/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109346112967508547653&rtpof=true&sd=true

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Dr. Saracino is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has served as a board member for the Society. She has also served on the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession for the American Academy of Religion.

    Additionally, Dr. Saracino is a member of the Board of Editorial Consultants for the esteemed academic journal, Theological Studieshttps://theologicalstudies.net/

  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    She won the 1st Place Book Award in Theology from the Association of Catholic Publishers (2012) for Being about Borders: A Christian Anthropology of Difference.