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Kenneth B. Steinhauser
Professor of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
A native of Brooklyn, New York, I studied philosophy and theology in New York, Rome, Tübingen and Freiburg in Breisgau. From 1980 to 1990 I taught at Sacred Heart College and Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. Since 1990 I have been on the faculty of SLU, which has been and continues to be a wonderful experience for me. In the spring of 2007 I was Visiting Professor at the Istituto Patristico Augustinianum in Rome. It was great to return as a professor to the city where I had spent four years as a student. In 2010 I participated in an NEH Seminar on autobiography in antiquity in Tunis. In 2012 I studied the oldest manuscript of Augustine’s works at the National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg. In 2013 I completed a term as president of the North American Patristics Society.
My specialization is patristics and early church history. First, I have a special interest in the influence of the Latin classics on the fathers of the church, particularly the influence of Cicero on Augustine. Second, I also have philological interests and have produced a critical edition of the heretofore unedited text of Anonymi in Iob commentarius, which was published in 2006 in the series CSEL (vol. 96) by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Third, I work in the area of manuscript studies. I serve on the advisory board of Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, published by SLU's Vatican Film Library. Currently I am working on the USA volume of The Manuscript Tradition of the Works of Saint Augustine. I periodically offer a graduate seminar on “Manuscripts and Texts.” The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts: Seventeen Case Studies, edited by me and my research assistant, Scott Dermer, and published in 2013, presents the research of seminar participants over several years.
I am also a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City. I was ordained on December 18, 1970 in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and served three years in St. Matthias Church, Brooklyn, New York, before beginning my academic career in earnest. Occasionally I serve a rural parish, St. Patrick's Church in Jonesburg, Missouri.