Michele Saracino

Michele Saracino


Department : Religious Studies

Email : michele.saracino@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7412

Office : MGL 435


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


Dr. Michele Saracino is professor and chair of the Religious Studies department. She has been a faculty member at Manhattan College for 13 years. Originally from Long Island, she now lives with her husband and 2 children in Northern Westchester.


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 the spiritual and ecological implications of water and water related practices, including baptism, bathing, and swimming.  

Professional Experience

Dr. Saracino serves as a member of the American Academy of Religion's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession.

Additionally, she is also a member of the following organizations:

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Workgroup for Constructive Theology

Publications & Professional 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 published various essays in academic journals and collections on issues related to theology and difference, specifically gender. Two recent 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). She also has contributed to the National Catholic Reporter, writing book reviews in the areas of religion, ecology, and culture. 

Honors & Awards

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.

Courses Taught/Teaching

RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion
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 375 Religion and the Body