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Marianne DelaporteMarianne M. Delaporte, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Professor, Religious Studies

Before coming to NDNU in 2002, Marianne Delaporte was finishing her Ph.D. work at Princeton Seminary and working at the San Francisco Archdiocese. She is very active in the West Coast branch of the American Academy of Religion, serving as chair for the Christian History section and is also an active member of the American Society of Church History. Her work on Carolingian hagiography has led to an interest in understandings of masculinity in the Carolingian court as well as a desire to study the Biblical exegesis of the time.

Education History

  • Ph.D., Medieval Church History. Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. 2004.
    • Dissertation: “The Headless Holy Man: A Study of the Lives of Denis by Hilduin of Saint-Denis.”
  • MA, History of Religion. Graduate Theological Union, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA. 1993.
    • Dissertation: “Saints and Beasts: The Iconography of Animals in Breton Hagiography.”
  • BA, Religion and Humanities. University of Chicago, 1990.

Courses Taught

  • From Agape to Eros: The Many Faces of Love
  • Christianity: Beginnings to 1500
  • Voices in Christian Spirituality
  • Women’s Spirituality
  • Mysticism in the Religions of the Book
  • Women and Philosophy
  • Religions of the World
  • Modern Christianity
  • Theologies of Liberation
  • The Christian in Society
  • World History
  • Developments in Gender and Sexuality in the Church
  • History of Western Culture
  • Reel Religion: Christianity and Film

Research and Interests

  • Maternal Mysticism, studies of Birgitta of Sweden, the La Leche League and the Farm Commune
  • Rewriting of saints lives: influences of Hilduin’s 9th c. vita of St Denis upon later torture narratives
  • Biblical Exegesis in the Carolingian Court


  • George M. Keller Teaching Excellence Award, 2013
  • Research Grant, Lilly Foundation, Summer 2007
  • Community Based Learning Mini-Grant, NDNU, January 2007
  • Fellowship – Lilly Foundation Grant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2006 – 2007
  • Faculty Development Research Grant, NDNU, Fall 2005, Spring 2007, Fall 2010
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1996 – 2000
  • Graduate Fellowship Award, Graduate Theological Union, 1991 – 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society of Church History
  • Hagiography Society
  • Medieval Association of the Pacific

Publications and Presentations

  • Paper Presentation: Maternal Mysticism: Images of Birthing and Motherhood at the Berkshire Conference of the History of Women, June 9 – 11, 2011. Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • “Site Visits and Civic Engagement: Encountering and Engaging a More Diverse Vision of “the Civic” co-authored with Hans Wiersma. In Spotlight on Teaching, AAR October 2010.
  • Paper Presentation: The Widow and the Empress: The Empress Judith and Biblical Commentators at the American Society for Church History meeting. January 2010.
  • Review of Gary Macy’s The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination in Anglican and Episcopal History. 78(2). June 2009. P. 227.
  • Paper Presentation: Swelling Cephalophores: Hilduin of St. Denis’ Life as Hypotext and Hyptertext” at the Medieval Academy of America Meeting, April 3- 5, 2008.
  • Paper Presentation: The Carolingian Queen Judith of Bavaria at the Berkshire Conference of the History of Women, June 12 – 15, 2008.
  • Paper Presentation: The Theology of Pseudo-Dionysius as Understood or Misunderstood by Hilduin of Saint-Denis at the American Society of Church History Spring meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah. April 13 – 15, 2007.
  • Paper Presentation: Monsters Singing of Love: Torture and Cephalophory in the 9th c. vita of Saint Denis in “Writing and Re-Writing Christian History” session. WECSOR Meeting. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. March 24 – 26, 2007.
  • Commentator – “Hybridity as Orthodoxy” Session. American Society of Church History. January 8, 2006. Philadelphia.
  • Several articles in Westminster Dictionary of the Christian Church. 2008.
  • “He Darkens Me with Brightness: the Theology of Pseudo-Dionysius in Hilduin’s Vita of Saint Denis” in Religion and Theology: A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse (13:3 and 4), 2006.
  • Co-author, “Hell as a Residual Category” in Companion to Sociology of Religion, Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
  • Review of John Kitchen’s Saints’ Lives and the Rhetoric of Gender: Male and Female in Merovingian Hagiography in Koinonia (11:1, Spring 1999).
  • Review of Richard Fenn’s The End of Time in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin (20:2, 1999).
  • Review of Gary MacEoin et al., ed. The Papacy and the People of God, in Koinonia (9:1, Spring 1998).

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