Dr. Peter Foley

Dr. Peter Foley

  • Associate Professor, Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture


Peter Foley grew up in Germany and England, and publishes both in English and German. He holds a B. A. Honours degree from the University of Keele (1985), an M. A. from Northwestern (1986) and a Dr. phil. magna cum laude from the University of Vienna (1990). He taught at the University of Economics in Vienna, and came to the University of Arizona in 1992 where he taught in the German Department (now German studies) and interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities Program. In 2005 he joined the Religious Studies Program, and in Spring 2008 he was Acting Director of Religious Studies; in Fall 2008 he was Canon Symmonds Memorial Scholar at St. Deiniol’s Library in Wales. He is currently Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture.

The focus of Prof. Foley’s work has been on the history of ideas in philosophy and theological thought. He has published books on the Austro-German Catholic theologian and economist Adam Müller (1990) and on the German Reformed and Lutheran theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher (2006). For the latter book he was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for a Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship at the 2006 American Academy of Religion Conference. He has also published on Civil Rights for Jews in Germany in 1799 (Theologische Literaturzeitung, 2001), Schleiermacher’s Romantic Philosophy (Das neue Licht der Frühromantik, 2009). He has an accepted article on Jeremy Collier’s Desertion Discuss’d of 1688 (Festschrift for Susan Karant-Nunn, 2014). He is currently completing two manuscripts; one is an edition of Nonjuror pamphlets c. 1688-1695 concerning Anglican schism; a second manuscript a contextualized edition of the influential Nonjurors’ liturgy of 1718.

Area of specialization: 

History of Ideas in Germany & England c. 1680-1815


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