Imperato, Robert

Title: Professor of Religion

Department: Department of Philosophy, Religion and Theology

Phone: 352-588-8295



  • Ph.D. in Theology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY
  • M.A. in Theology, Fordham University
  • M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Columbia University
  • B.S. in Speech Education, New York University


Robert Imperato is full professor of religion at Saint Leo University where he has previously served as Dean of Arts and Sciences. His interest in religion was sparked by practice of yoga while he was completing a masters degree in developmental psychology at Columbia University. This interest in mysticism led to 7 years as non-professed monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He left to study theology at Fordham University where he received the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. He has at colleges in Kansas, California and New Jersey. He has had a number of articles published and 4 books: Merton and Walsh on the Person (Wipf and Stock, 2014), Portraits of Jesus: A Reading Guide( University Press of America, 2008), Early and Medieval Christian Spirituality( University Press of America, 2003), and Christian Footings(University Press of America, 2000, revised edition 2009).

Community Affiliation:

  • On and off Member of the Society of Biblical Literature

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Robert is largely interested in the New Testament, historical Jesus, the history of Christian spirituality and the history of Christianity.

Honors & Awards:

  • NEH-Funded Institute for college and university teachers, 2007
  • Faculty Publication Award Saint Leo

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