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Thomas Cattoi


Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures

Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue

Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and Graduate Theological Union


Thomas Cattoi, a native of Italy, studied economics and philosophy at Oxford and London Universities before completing a PhD in Systematic and Comparative Theology at Boston College. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, where he teaches classes on Buddhist-Christian dialogue, Christology, and early Christian theology and spirituality. He has led a number of theological immersions to India and Nepal and lectured at different Chinese universities under the auspices of the Malatesta foundation.  He is the author of Divine Contingency: Theologies of Divine Embodiment in Maximos the Confessor and Tsong kha pa, 2009; Theologies of the Sacred Image in Theodore the Studite and Bokar Rinpoche, forthcoming; and a number of journal articles in Buddhist-Christian studies.