Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Joseph Bessler

Institutional Affiliation

Robert Travis Peake Professor of Theology

Phillips Theological Seminary

Credentials

Ph.D., University of Chicago M.T.S., Harvard University B.A., Northwestern University

Biography

Joseph A. Bessler is Robert Travis Peake Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to his required theology courses, Bessler-Northcutt specializes in the interaction of religion and culture. He has recently chaired the Ethics, Society and Cultural Analysis section of the Southwest region of the American Academy of Religion and he is co-editor of a forthcoming book on Law and Religious Ethics. He offers a variety of courses on ethics and culture, theological themes in the contemporary American novel, theological autobiography, etc.

Awards & Honors

• Century Fellow, University of Chicago, 1986–1989

Academic Appointments

• Professor of Theology, Phillips Theological Seminary, 2014–• Associate Professor of Theology, Phillips Theological Seminary, 1996–2014• Associate Dean, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa Campus, 1994– 1997• Instructor, Christian Theology, Phillips Theological Seminary, 1992–1996

Professional Service

• Chair of the Ethics, Society and Cultural Analysis section, American Academy of Religion, Southwest Region, 1999–2001