The Catholic University of America

Joshua Benson, Ph.D. 
– Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
– Spirituality Area Director



Joshua Benson received his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University in 2007 where he focused on medieval theology, especially the thought of Saint Bonaventure. He also holds an MA in Franciscan Studies from the Franciscan Institute (St. Bonaventure University, 2002) and a BA in Philosophy (Canisius College, 2000). Joshua continues to publish on the writings and theology of major Franciscan figures from Alexander of Hales to Matthew of Aquasparta.



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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6887
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Medieval Theology

  • History of Franciscan Thought

Latest Publications

“Christology” in A Companion to Bonaventure, eds. Jay M. Hammond and J. A. Wayne Hellmann. Forthcoming from Brill, 2013.

“Matthew of Aquasparta’s Sermons on Theology,” in Franciscan Preacing, ed. Timothy Johnson. Brill, 2012.


TRS 201 - Faith Seeking Understanding

TRS 260 - Christianity and Culture

TRS 354A - Francis and Clare

TRS 367A - Unity and Diversity: Theology in the Middle Ages

TRS 460 - Special Topics - Ratzinger's Jesus of Nazareth

TRS 727 - Introduction to Medieval Theology

TRS 727C - Bonaventure, Parisian Master: Context, Texts, Interpretation

TRS 727G - Medieval Exegesis

TRS 823E - Medieval Christology


Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae