Donald J. Bungum, PhD

Dr. Bungum received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago, his M.St. in Theology (Science and Religion) and M.St. in Philosophical Theology from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University (2016).

His research interests are in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. His research focuses on the nature of epistemic authority, the role that epistemic authority plays in the formation of intellectual virtue, and the ways in which epistemic authority affects the skeptical significance of disagreement among experts. His teaching interests include logic, philosophy of religion, medieval philosophy (especially the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas), and the relation between science and religion.

Dr. Bungum holds a joint appointment in the Catholic Studies Program at the University of Mary, and he oversees programming at Catholic Studies House. He enjoys exploring with students the ways in which faith in Christ interacts with philosophy and has been “encultured” in history, literature, music, and the fine arts. In 2011, he founded the Trivium Institute to teach the classical arts of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and he enjoys helping students to write with clarity and grace.

Outside the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife Alicia and daughters Josephine and Mara. He is a jazz saxophonist, CrossFit enthusiast, and dabbling photographer, poet, and chef.