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Clooney, Francis

Parkman Professor of Divinity
Professor of Comparative Theology
Catholic Theological Society of America President-Elect (2021-22)


Francis X. Clooney, S.J., joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in 2005, where he is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology. After earning his doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations (University of Chicago, 1984), he taught at Boston College for 21 years before coming to Harvard. From 2010 to 2017, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

His primary areas of Indological scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India. He is also a leading figure globally in the developing field of comparative theology, a discipline distinguished by attentiveness to the dynamics of theological learning deepened through the study of traditions other than one’s own. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, on the early Jesuit pan-Asian discourse on reincarnation, and on the dynamics of dialogue and interreligious learning in the contemporary world.




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western jesuit scholars in India

Western Jesuit Scholars in India. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2020.


The New Comparative Theology
The New Comparative Theology So-called Local Color Literature emerged in the mid nineteenth century, both in the United States and Europe.
Learning Interreligiously: In the Text, In the World

Learning Interreliously offers a series of about one hundred short pieces, written online between 2008 and 2016. 

His Hiding Place Is Darkness
His Hiding Place is Darkness His Hiding Place is Darkness explores the uncertainties of faith and love in a pluralistic age.
The Future of Hindu-Christian Studies  Based on the Westcott-Teape Lectures given in India and at the University of Cambridge.

Comparative Theology Drawing upon the author’s three decades of work in comparative theology, it offers a clear guide to the reader, enabling them to engage in comparative study.