B.A., College of the Holy Cross (1981)
M.A., Columbia University (1986)
M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California (1991)
Ph.D., Emory University (1996)
Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies
Professor of Theological Studies
On leave Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Dr. Bruce Morrill focuses his theological scholarship in the area of liturgy and sacraments, drawing upon a range of interdisciplinary resources in the fields of systematic and historical theology, ritual studies, cultural anthropology, and biblical studies. His other primary and strongly related interest is in political theologies, as they investigate the problems of suffering in social contexts. This work has come together most comprehensively in his books, Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2009), and Anamnesis as Dangerous Memory: Political and Liturgical Theology in Dialogue (Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2000). His most recent book is Encountering Christ in the Eucharist: The Paschal Mystery in People, Word, and Sacrament (Paulist Press, 2012), while his current research and writing concerns questions of power as exercised in the ritual practices of the church.
Professor Morrill is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus, the religious order commonly known as the Jesuits. He has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and Australia, and keeps involved in various forms of pastoral work. In Nashville he presides and preaches regularly at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and provides pastoral-liturgical ministry to men at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. Over the past dozen years he also made annual pastoral service trips to Yup’ik eskimo villages in western Alaska and hopes to find a way to make that work again in relation to his teaching responsibilities at Vanderbilt Divinity. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt he was on the faculty of Boston College for fifteen years and has enjoyed appointments to visiting chairs and fellowships at a number of institutions in the USA and Ireland.