Current Ph.D. Students

Anthony Bateza 

Anthony Bateza entered the program in 2010 in the Christian Ethics subfield. His work examines the reception of the virtue tradition in Protestant moral theology. To this end, his research focuses on Martin Luther, his place within the Augustinian tradition, and the impact of Luther's legacy on figures in the 19th and 20th centuries (Kant, Hegel, Bonhoeffer).  His broader research and teaching interests include modern western Christian thought, continental philosophy, critical race theory, and questions of identity and moral agency.  An ordained Luther pastor (ELCA), he holds a M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a B.S. from Iowa State University.

David Bruner

David Bruner is a PhD candidate in the systematic theology subfield, which he entered in 2012. He is interested most broadly in contemporary theology and German idealism; his particular interests center on the doctrine of God and Trinitarian reflection, and the thought of Karl Barth, Robert Jenson, and Eberhard Jüngel. He received a B.A. in religious studies from Yale University, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as pursuing additional studies at Luther Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served as a parish pastor for four years.

David C. Chao

David C. Chao is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Doctrine subfield. His concentration is in the theology of Karl Barth with a particular emphasis on Barth's understanding of human freedom and moral agency. David's broader research interests include the development of classical, Catholic, and Protestant construals of human flourishing; Reformed and Lutheran theology; modern historical theology especially focusing on nineteenth century German Christology; and the relation of metaphysics and divine attributes in the doctrine of God. Prior to entering the doctoral program in 2012, David earned his B.A. from Yale University, M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver), and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Eitel Adam Eitel

Adam Eitel is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Theology Department. His research and teaching interests include the history of Western Christian thought-especially medieval Christian theology--as well as contemporary social ethics and criticism, and modern religious thought.

His dissertation, "Aquinas and the Reasons of Love: Beatitudo, Amor, and Amicitia in the Summa of Theology," advances a new reading of Aquinas's notions of happiness and the several varieties of love that it requires. Paying special attention to the account of human agency these exegetical efforts uncover, the project proposes a series of doxographic revisions vis-a-vis the Summa's relations with its ancient sources and modern interpreters.

Adam's work has been supported by several competitive grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Course Grant from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame. He has presented his research at the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. His recent and forthcoming publications include articles on Aquinas's theological critique and appropriation of ancient rhetoric, Catherine of Siena's doctrine of the atonement, and the United States' use of drone strikes in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Region.


Hankins Lindsey Hankins

Lindsey Hankins entered the doctoral program in 2012 in the History of Doctrine subfield.  She received her BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethel University in 2004 and an MA in Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton College in 2009.  In 2012 she received the Wheaton College Center for Early Christian Studies fellowship to complete a second MA in the History of Christianity program.  She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Patristics Society.  Her areas of interest include theologies of gender and feminist thought, the intersection of faith and practice, Christian identity and the imago Dei.  

Kaltwasser Cambria Janae Kaltwasser

Cambria Janae Kaltwasser entered the department in 2010 in the subfield of systematic theology. She holds a BA in English from John Brown University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. Cambria's research centers on constructive theology and moral agency, with a special emphasis in the covenantal theology of Karl Barth. Her dissertation examines Barth's account of human agency as responsibility before God and neighbor. Cambria is interested in the writing process as a tool for the learning and formation of theology students. She is a candidate for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and regularly contributes to the educational ministries of Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church. Cambria spent the 2013-2014 academic year researching at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen as a Fulbright Scholar.


 Rory Misiewicz Rory Misiewicz

Rory Misiewicz entered the doctoral program in 2014 in the philosophy and theology subfield. He received an MA in Christian Thought from Bethel Theological Seminary and an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University. Rory’s broad areas of interest include theological method, philosophical theology, and aesthetics. His current research is oriented around the problem of religious language, particularly the intelligibility of analogy.

 Pedersen, Daniel Daniel J. Pedersen

Daniel J. Pedersen is a doctoral student in the history of doctrine subsection in the theology department. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His areas of interests include the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and issues in theology and science - both contemporary and historical. His publications include: "Eternal Life in Schleiermacher's The Christian Faith," International Journal of Systematic Theology vol. 3, No. 2, July 2011 and "Paul Tillich on Eternal Life," The Princeton Theological Review, vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2011.

 Rose, John  John Rose

John is a PhD candidate in the subfield of ethics. Before coming to PTS, he completed a BA in religion at Wabash College and an MTS at Duke Divinity School. John's research interests include Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science. His dissertation will concern academic virtue, offering a theological appraisal of open-mindedness and intellectual diversity. John is married and has two young sons.


Ry Siggelkow

Ry Siggelkow entered the Department of Theology in 2011. He earned his M.A. and B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His areas of specialization are theological ethics, political theology, and ecclesiology. A member of the Mennonite Church, he is interested in theologies of Christian pacifism and nonviolence especially in conversation with theologies of liberation and revolution. His constructive research focuses on the retrieval of Pauline apocalyptic for theology today, with a special interest in the work and legacies of Ernst Käsemann and Paul Lehmann. 

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Skaff, Jeff Jeff Skaff

Jeffrey Skaff entered the doctoral program in systematic theology in 2013. He graduated from Hope College in 2010 with a B.A. in Religion, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013 with an M.Div. His research focuses on the Reformed theological tradition, especially in the trajectory that runs through Karl Barth. He is particularly interested in the mutually critical conversation between Barth, the older Protestant tradition, and Roman Catholicism brought about by Barth's innovations in the doctrines of election, creation, and providence. Jeffrey is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Webb, Melanie Melanie Webb

Melanie Webb entered the doctoral program in theology in 2009. Her work focuses on issues of sexual violence, human identity, gender, and salvation in late antique theology. In her dissertation, Desiring Life: Honor, Violence, and Sexuality in Augustine's City of God, she seeks to offer a generative reading of Augustine's treatment of the story of Lucretia and his response to women raped during the sack of Rome (410 CE). She is currently coordinating a cohort of incarcerated and community students who will learn with and from one another in the 2015 Certificate in Theology and Ministry program offered by Princeton Seminary's Department of Continuing Education.

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 Wert, Adam Adam Wert

Adam Wert entered the program in 2013 in the systematic theology subfield. Committed to constructive work, Adam's broad interests range across the humanities-including continental philosophy, critical theory, and theory of religious studies-and the implications of work in such fields for Christian theology. His current research interests revolve around trajectories of the apophatic through modernity. Adam received his B.A. in religious studies and physics from Grinnell College and his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School.