Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

William J. Dohar, Ph.D.William J. Dohar, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Spirituality, Courtesy of Santa Clara University


B.A., Kent State University;
M.A. in History, M.Div., University of Notre Dame;
M.S.L., Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, St. Michael's College, Toronto;
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Phone: (510) 549-5043
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 10 am - 11 am, and by appointment, Room 201


About the Professor

William Dohar is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara University and a courtesy appointment to JST. His main areas of research, publication, and teaching are medieval Christianity, popular religion, the history of pastoral care, and Christian spirituality.

He attended graduate school at the University of Notre Dame and there earned advanced degrees in Theology and Medieval History. He continued with doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, attending the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies where he received a licentiate (M.S.L.) with a thesis on the papal registers of supplication in the 14th century. He continued research on his Toronto doctorate, a study of religion in the time of the Black Death, at Oxford University and resided with the Jesuit Community at Campion Hall. After receiving his Ph.D., he returned to Notre Dame as an Assistant Professor and subsequently Associate Professor in the Department of History. From there, he joined the Religious Studies faculty at SCU and, in 2011, began a courtesy appointment with the Jesuit School of Theology. He is past director of SCU's Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. 

Dohar has published two books in medieval church history and pastoral care. He is currently working on a social, religious and legal study of the later 14th century, based on a lengthy court case brought before the Papal Court in Rome. A related area of interest is monastic and episcopal prisons in late medieval and early modern Europe.


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