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Peter Dula

DEPARTMENT: Bible & Religion Dept

POSITION: Department Chair and Associate Professor


POSITION: Associate Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 319

PHONE: (540) 432-4466

EMAIL: peter.dula@emu.edu

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.


PHD, Duke Univerrsity
MA, Associated Mennonite Bibilical Seminary
BS, Eastern Mennonite University


"The Melodrama of the Unknown Man," in Stanley Cavell on Aesthetic Understanding, Garry L. Hagberg, ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


Cavell, Companionship and Christian Theology (New York: Oxford University Press), 2011.

Selected Essays

“Six Scenes of Instruction in Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know,” Philosophy and Literature 40/2 (2016).

Education on the Way to Emmaus, The Cresset 79/5 (Trinity 2016).

“The Politics of Friendship in the Gospel of John,” in Reading Scripture as a Political Act, eds. Matthew A. Tapie and Daniel Wade McClain (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015).

“Theology is a Kind of Reading,” Conrad Grebel Review 31/2 (Spring 2013).

“Wittgenstein Among the Theologians,” in Unsettling Arguments, ed., Kelly Johnson, Charles Pinches and Charles Collier (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010).

“For and Against Hauerwas Against the Mennonites,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 84/3 (July 2010).

Easter in Baghdad, Commonweal, March 28, 2008

The War in Iraq: How Catholic Conservatives Got It Wrong, Commonweal, December 3, 2004.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“To Put Away Childish Things: I Corinthians 13 in Stanley Cavell’s Memoir.” Paper presented at “Confessional Improvisation,” Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton Theological Seminary, June 9-13 2014.

“The Poetics of Identity in Julia Spicher Kasdorf’s Early Poetry,” Keynote Address at “Wading Deeper: Anabaptist-Mennonite Identities Engage Postmodernity,” Canadian Mennonite University, May 31, 2014.

“Friends and Enemies in the Gospel of John,” Paper delivered at the American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic regional meeting, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Newburgh, NY, March 8, 2014.

“The Limits of Theology: A Response to Jonathan Tran,” Paper delivered at “The Difference Christ Makes: Celebrating the Life, Work and Friendship of Stanley Hauerwas,” Duke Divinity School, Durham NC, Nov. 1, 2013.