Edmund Santurri
Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community

B.A., M.A., University of Virginia, M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Edmund N. Santurri is professor of philosophy and religion, and holds the Martin E. Marty Chair in Religion and the Academy. He has taught at St. Olaf since 1980, chaired the Religion Department 1988–91, served as director of The Great Conversation program 1996–2008, and directed the Ethical Issues and Normative Perspectives Program 2010–13. He is the author of Perplexity in the Moral Life: Philosophical and Theological Considerations, and has coedited (with William Werpehowski) The Love Commandments: Essays in Christian Ethics and Moral Philosophy. He also wrote the introduction to Reinhold Niebuhr’s An Interpretation of Christian Ethics.

In 2016 Edmund became director of the college’s Institute for Freedom and Community, which was established in 2014 to encourage free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. He also directs the Public Affairs Conversation program.

Although his area of specialization is ethics (theological and philosophical, theoretical and applied), Edmund’s teaching has ranged over a wide variety of topics in ethics, theology, philosophy, and religion and culture. In recent years he has focused on political ethics with an emphasis on the “ethics of war” and Christian political realism. His classes include Obama’a Theologian: The Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr; Narnia and Beyond: The Theology of C.S. Lewis; The Religious and the Political: Gandhi, Niebuhr, and King; and Public Affairs Conversation: Foundational Debates.

Edmund and his spouse, St. Olaf Associate Professor of French Jolene Barjasteh, are avid fans of the Minnesota Lynx.

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