Okey, Stephen

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Philosophy, Theology, and Religion

Phone: 352-588-8374

Email: stephen.okey@saintleo.edu

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Theology and Mathematics, Georgetown University
  • Master of Arts, Theology and Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Boston College

Biography:

Stephen Okey grew up in central Indiana. He attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate education before heading off to Divinity School at the University of Chicago. While there, he developed his love for architecture and improv comedy. Following his graduation, he took a position as an Actuarial Analyst with Aon Re Services, running computer models of natural disasters. He later returned to graduate work in theology, completing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College, writing a dissertation on the theological anthropology of David Tracy. He joined the faculty of Saint Leo University in 2013, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in systematic theology and theological ethics.

When he is not working, Dr. Okey enjoys cooking, playing trivia, and hiking. In 2014, he and his wife hiked the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, a 500 mile medieval pilgrimage route through the north of Spain.

Community Affiliation:

  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • College Theology Society
  • American Academy of Religion

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Dr. Okey teaches courses in Christian theology and Christian ethics. He is particularly interested in questions of political and military ethics, with a focus on the history of Christian approaches to war. He also enjoys teaching courses to deacon candidates as part of the Theology department’s Master’s degree program. Professionally, he does research in the interlacing of theology, media, and technology, with a special focus on the way that new forms of media shape human persons and communities.

Honors & Awards:

  • 2012 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College
  • 2004 Milo P. Jewett Prize, University of Chicago Divinity School

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