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Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson

Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Senior Fulbright Scholarship, 2004
  • Joseph Doino Visiting Professor of Franciscan Theology at Saint Bonaventure University, 2006
  • Shultz Foundation Award, 2008
  • Kahler Fund Award, 2009, 2013
  • Dean's Award for Scholarship, 2008, 2010
  • Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University, England, 2013
  • Published six books on Saint Bonaventure and Medieval-Early Modern Franciscans
  • Published in numerous North American and European journals
  • Senior theology co-editor for Franciscan Studies
  • Chair of the Research Advisory Council for the Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University
  • Completed an English translation of Bonaventure’s Latin Sunday Sermons, 2008
  • Currently working with an international research team to produce a tri-lingual study-translation of the liturgical legends of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Academic board member, Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders at the University of Dresden
  • Member of the American Academy of Religion
  • Member of the J. William Fulbright Association
  • Member of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
  • Member of the Northeast Florida Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • University of Dresden, Dresden Senior Fellowship in the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Technische Universität recipient

Professional Profile

A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Johnson holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He also holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Diploma Litterarum Latinarum from the Pontifical Gregorian University, a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure, Rome, and a B.A. in Theology from St. Louis University. Dr. Johnson has taught in Europe and Africa. While his primary area of expertise is the history of Christian spirituality and theology, Dr. Johnson enjoys teaching courses as diverse as Religion and Film and Contemporary Theological Thought. Whenever possible, he leads study abroad tours to Italy during the summer semester.


  • BA in Theology University of Saint Louis
  • STB Pontifical Seraphicum University
  • STL Pontifical Gregorian University
  • STD Pontifical Gregorian University 

Area of Research:

  • Medieval Spirituality 
  • Theology Early Modern Franciscans in the New World

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  • The Apocalypse in Scripture and Society
  • Christianity and Roman Culture
  • Comparative World Religions
  • Contemporary Theological Thought
  • Religion and Film
  • Sacred Space
  • The History of Christianity
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction of the New Testament
  • Theological German
  • Senior Seminar in Religion

Previously taught at:

  • University of Dresden, Germany
  • Saint Bonaventure University
  • Albertus Magnus College
  • Mitchell College
  • De Sales School of Theology
  • Saint Bonaventure College, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Athenaeum Antonianum, Rome, Italy

Nominated, Carnegie Professor of the Year, 2009, 2010

More Information

In the News

"Native Protesters Shine A Light On St. Augustine’s Complicated History," WJCT News, Sept. 10, 2015

Articles and Chapters in Publications

Introduction to Franciscans at Prayer

Franciscan Bodies and Souls

Florida's Martyrs

Bonaventure as Preacher

The Prothemes of Bonaventure's Sermones Dominicalis and Minorite Prayer

The Legenda Minor

The Franciscan Fascination with the Word

Office Hours:

  • Monday: by appointment
  • Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday: by appointment
  • Thursday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Friday: by appointment