Professor Graham Ward

Theology and Religion
Regius Professor of Divinity


MA, PhD (Cambridge)

Academic Background

Educated at Fitzwilliam and Selwyn College, Cambridge. Tutor for English, Fitzwilliam and Girton College (1979-81); Ordained (1990); Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor at Exeter College (1992-5); Oxford; Dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge (1995-2000); Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Manchester (2000-12); Director of the Centre for Religion and Political Culture (2003 –11); Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, the University of Manchester (2006-2012).

Undergraduate Teaching

God, Christ and Salvation; The Study of Religion.

Research Interests

Theology, Philosophy and Cultural Studies. Wider interests in the nature of religion and its relationship to anthropology, sociology, politics, gender theory and contemporary science. Current projects: a three volume work developing a culturally engaged systematic theology.

Publications include:

Karl Barth, Jacques Derrida and the Language of Theology (CUP, 1995). Translated into Chinese. Balthasar at the End of Modernity (T & T Clark, 1999); Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory (Macmillan, 1996) Extended paperback version (2000). Translated into Greek in 2001. Cities of God (Routledge, 2000); True Religion (Blackwell, 2002). Translated into German. God and Beauty (Trinity Press International, 2003); Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice (CUP, 2004); Christ and Culture (Blackwell, 2005). Translation and Critical Edition of Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology II with Michael Hoelzl (Polity Press, 2008); The Politics of Discipleship (Baker Academic, 2009; SCM, 2010). Translated into Chinese. Translation and Critical Edition of Carl Schmitt’s Dictatorship with Michael Hoelzl (Polity Press, 2013); Unbelievable (I.B.Taurus, 2013)


Film, long walks and cooking.