Peter A. Huff, Ph.D.

Current Position
Professor of Theology
Director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry
University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.


Ph.D., Historical Theology, Saint Louis University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., History & Religion, Mercer University Atlanta

Additional study: Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Modern and contemporary Christian thought
  • United States religious history
  • World Religions
  • Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue


Dr. Peter A. Huff is Director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and Professor of Theology. He has held the Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University and the T. L. James Chair in Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. A 2007 Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, he has also taught at the University of Puget Sound and Saint Anselm College, where he was founding director of the Catholic Studies program. Dr. Huff’s books include The Voice of Vatican II, What Are They Saying About Fundamentalisms?, Allen Tate and the Catholic Revival, and two co-edited volumes: Knowledge and Belief in America and Tradition and Pluralism. He has traveled widely in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and is active in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

Recent Publications/Projects

  • The Voice of Vatican II: Words for Our Church Today (Liguori Publications, 2012).

  • Dignum et Iustum: Justice, Diversity, and the Mystery of Catholicity” in Justice Through Diversity? A Philosophical and Theological Debate, ed. Michael J. Sweeney (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).

  • “Catholic-Atheist Dialogue: The Unfinished Business of Vatican II,” Dialogue and Universalism 5:1 (2014): 1-16.

  • “Our Lady of Unbelievers: Mary and Modern Atheism,” Marian Studies LXIV (2013): 132-147.