Kerry joined the philosophy department in 1985. Before coming to Gettysburg College, he taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He's also taught at the University of Essex in England. With interests in American colonial and early Republic intellectual history, religious experience, and peace and justice studies, Kerry teaches courses such as Philosophy and Food, Philosophy and Mysticism, Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence, and Philosophy of Religion.
The award-winning author or editor of 38 books and over 100 articles in scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, Kerry publishes widely in philosophy, theology, and history. His interest in Peace and Justice Studies has led him in recent years to explore the two decades leading up to the American Civil War. He has published The Underground Railroad (ABC-CLIO/Praeger), Lincoln, the Rise of the Republicans, and the Coming of the Civil War (ABC-CLIO/Praeger), and Explosion on the Potomac: The 1844 Calamity Aboard the USS Princeton (The History Press), and is currently completing a history of American slave revolts and conspiracies. His latest books are John XXIII: A Short Biography and John Paul II: A Short Biography (both released by Franciscan Media), Giving Up god...to Find God (Orbis), Outbreak in Washington DC (The History Press), and Profiles in Christian Courage (Rowman & Littlefield). A complete list of his books may be found on his personal webpage.
Kerry also writes a weekly newspaper column entitled "Faith Matters," and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. He currently serves on the editorial boards of two ecumenical quarterlies.
A Korean translation of Kerry's The Art of Dying and Living was published in late 2011, a Korean translation of his Finding Perfect Joy with St. Francis in 2014, and a Portuguese translation of his Atheism in 2015. The English edition of The Art of Dying and Living was awarded a Gold Nautilus Award in 2012. His Revolutionary Deists was named a "Choice Outstanding Book of the Year," one of 600 chosen from 7,263 titles reviewed by Choice in 2011. His Merciful Meekness: Becoming a Spiritually Integrated Person was named a "Best Book in Spirituality for 2005" by Spirituality and Health Magazine. In 2014, his Giving Up god...to Find God was honored with a National Catholic Press Association Award.
Kerry holds the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy. He is a past Edwin and Cynthia Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor in Humanities, and has served as Chairperson of the Philosophy Department. He also teaches in the Peace and Justice Studies program.
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PhD Philosophy: University of Cincinnati, 1985
MA Philosophy: Marquette University, 1980
BA Philosophy: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1976
Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy and Mysticism, Early American Philosophy
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