Kerry Walters

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. He offers 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 nearly 200 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 American Slave Revolts and Conspiracies (ABC-CLIO/Praeger). His latest books are John Paul II:  A Short Biography and Junipero Serra:  A Short Biography (both released by Franciscan Media), Giving Up 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.  A Korean translation of his Re-Thinking Reason is underway.

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 Find God was honored with a National Catholic Press Association Award.

Kerry is currently at work on two books:  A biography of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and a critical edition of Caryl Houselander's 1949 The Passion of the Infant Christ.  Both will be released in 2016.

Kerry is a past holder of the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy and the 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. 



Kerry Walters

Kerry Walters
Professor, Philosophy

Phone: (717) 337 - 6577

Box: Campus Box 0404

Address: Weidensall Hall
Room 313
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD Philosophy: University of Cincinnati, 1985
MA Philosophy: Marquette University, 1980
BA Philosophy: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1976

Academic Focus:
Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy and Mysticism, Early American Philosophy

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