Prof Werner Jeanrond, MA, PhD
Prof Jeanrond took up his appointment as Master of St Benet's Hall in September 2012. He is the first layman to be Master of the Hall.
Prior his appointment at St Benet's Hall, Prof Jeanrond was the first lay person to be appointed to the Chair of Divinity at the University of Glasgow,
a post he held since 2008. Prior to that he was the first Catholic to hold the post of Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Lund in Sweden.
Werner G. Jeanrond studied theology, German language and literature, and educational science at the
Universities of Saarbrücken, Regensburg and Chicago. In 1979 he took his Masters Degree
(Staatsexamen) at the University of Saarbrücken and in 1984 his PhD at the University of Chicago
(under the direction of David Tracy and Paul Ricoeur). In 1985 he was awarded the degree of MA (i.o.)
at the University of Dublin.
From 1981 to 1994 he was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in theology at the University of Dublin and
Fellow of Trinity College; from 1995 to 2007 he was professor of systematic theology at Lund
University in Sweden; and since 2008 he has held the Chair of Divinity at the University of Glasgow.
He has gained extensive administrative experience in a number of roles, including as Head of the
School of Biblical and Theological Studies in Trinity College Dublin; as Dean of the Faculty of
Theology and Vice-Dean of Humanities at Lund University; as elected member of the Swedish
Research Council and the Nordic Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences; as
Research Convenor and Deputy Head of the School of Critical Studies in the University of Glasgow; as
a long time member of the Board and Foundation of CONCILIUM and of many other editorial and
academic boards and committees.
Academic Awards and Honours
Werner G. Jeanrond was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for his doctoral studies at the University of
Chicago (1979-1981), a research fellowship at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel (1989), a
research fellowship at the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2002-3), a
Robertson Fellowship at the University of Glasgow (2004), and a research fellowship at the Center for
Subjectivity Research at University of Copenhagen (2007).
He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Uppsala, Chicago, Regensburg, and Riga. He
has delivered a number of established lectures, including the Waldenström Lectures (Stockholm), the
Wesley Lectures (Gothenburg), the Donellan Lectures (Dublin), the Aquinas Lecture (Glasgow), and
the Gonzaga Lecture (Glasgow), and has lectured at many universities and research institutions in
Europe, Asia and America.
From 2007-9 he served as external examiner at the University of Oxford for the degrees in Theology
and in Philosophy and Theology
Werner G. Jeanrond has published many books and articles in a number of languages on central issues
in theology, philosophy, hermeneutics, spirituality, and literature. Among his books published in
English are the following:
A Theology of Love, London/New York: T&T Clark, 2010, translated into Swedish, Danish, Chinese
(in press), and Italian (in preparation).
Call and Response: The Challenge of Christian Life, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and New York:
Continuum, 1995, translated into German and Swedish.
Theological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance, London: Macmillan, and New York:
Crossroad, 1991.Paperback London: SCM, 1994. Translated into French, Italian, Polish and Turkish.
Text und Interpretation als Katgeorien theologischen Denkens, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck,1986.
English edition: Text and Interpretation as Categories of Theological Thinking, trans. Thomas J.
Wilson, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, and New York: Crossroad, 1988.. Reprinted 2005 by Wipf and
Stock, Eugene, Oregon.
With Andrew D. H. Mayes, eds., Recognising the Margins: Essays in Honour of Seán V. Freyne,
Dublin: Columba Press, 2006.
With Aasulv Lande, eds., The Concept of God in Global Dialogue, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2005.