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Daniel Ott

POSITION: Dean - School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts; Professor of Theology & Religious Studies

DEPARTMENT: School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 132

PHONE: (540) 432-4984

EMAIL: daniel.ott@emu.edu

Dan Ott serves as dean and professor of theology and religion in the School of Theology, Humanities, and Performing Arts at EMU. Dr. Ott has over eighteen years of experience in teaching, scholarship, and administration. His administrative work includes curriculum and program development, grant writing and directing, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Ott’s scholarship is in the areas of religious thought in the United States, theologies and philosophies of peace and nonviolence, and Christian liberal theologies, especially process and pragmatic theologies.

Professor Ott earned the Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in philosophy of religion and theology, a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. He is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Selected Bibliography:

“Naturalistic Fruits of the Spirit: Faith, Hope, and Love,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol 42.1 (January 2021), pp. 32-49.

“Means and Ends When the Future Is Open” in Partnering With God, (SacraSage Press, August, 2021)

“Nonviolence and the Nightmare: King and Black Self-Defense,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2018), pp. 64-73

“In einem Augenblick”: Christian naturalism, death, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem,” Theology Today, Vol. 74, No. 2 (July 2017), pp. 138–148.

Christian Thought in America: A Brief History, with Hannah Schell, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2015)

“Nonviolence and Moral Equivalency,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 35, No. 2 (May 2014), pp. 172-183.

Theological perspective essays on Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 25:14-30, Matthew 25:31-45 in Feasting on the Gospels: Matthew, Volume 2, (Louisville:  Westminster John Knox Press, 2013)

“Toward a Realistic, Public, Christian Pacifism,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 33, No. 3 (September 2012), pp. 245-257.



PHD, Claremont Graduate University (Religion and Theology)
MDIV, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Religion)
BM, West Virginia University (Music)

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