Faculty of the Center


Dr. Eugene Fisher, Distinguished Professor of Theology 

Dr. Fisher earned his doctorate in 1976 at New York University in Hebrew Culture and Education, his dissertation entitled, "'The Treatment of Jews and Judaism in Current Roman Catholic Teaching." Dr. Fisher was appointed as the specialist in Catholic-Jewish Relations for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) in May of 1977, a post in which served until 2007. In 1981 he was named Consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, serving in that capacity for 25 years. He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1995, a book he co-edited with Rabbi Leon Klenicki, John Paul II, Spiritual Pilgrimage: Texts on Jews and Judaism  (Crossroad) won the National Jewish Book Award in the Jewish-Christian Relations category.

He has published or edited some 20 books and over 250 articles in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, including: The Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy,  ed. (Paulist, 1990); Interwoven Destinies: Jews and Christians through the Ages, ed. (Paulist/Stimulus, 1992); Faith Without Prejudice: Rebuilding Christian Attitudes Toward Judaism  (Crossroad, 1993); Visions of the Other: Jewish and Christian Theologians Assess the Dialogue, ed. (Paulist/Stimulus, 1994); A Prophet of Our Time: An Anthology of the Writings of Rabbi Marc H. Tannenbaum, ed. with Judith H. Banki (Fordham University Press, 2002). He also co-edited with Leon Klenicki the newly published The Saint for Shalom: How Pope John Paul II Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations  (Crossroad, 2011) and edited the forthcoming Memoria Futuri: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; Texts and Addresses of Cardinal William H. Keeler  (Paulist/Stimulus, 2012).

Rabbi James Rudin, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica

Rabbi Rudin holds honorary doctorates from Saint Leo University, Saint Martin’s University, and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion. In 1968 he began his career as a member of the American Jewish Committee senior professional staff where he served as Director of the Interreligious Affairs Department.  He is currently the AJC’s Senior Interreligious Adviser and a member of the organization’s Board of Governors.

A former chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, Rabbi Rudin participated in eleven meetings with Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. He was a guest of honor at the 1994 Vatican Concert that commemorated the Shoah. In April 2008 he was chosen by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops to respond to Pope Benedict XVI’s address to Jewish leaders in Washington, DC. Rabbi Rudin is the author or editor of seventeen books and since 1991 has written commentaries for Religion News Service.  His latest book, is Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, published in 2015 by Texas Tech University Press. 

Dr. Matthew Tapie, Assistant Professor of Theology 

Dr. Tapie is Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. His teaching and research interests are in comparative theology, moral theology, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. From 2012-2014, Dr. Tapie was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America and was appointed a research fellow at CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. He has also taught at Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland. 

As director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Dr. Tapie oversees the center’s research fellow program, guest lecturer programs, and interreligious dialogue initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Tapie participates in interreligious dialogues, academic consultations on Jewish-Catholic relations, and has lectured in a variety of national and international contexts. In 2016, Dr. Tapie was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust. He also serves on the leadership committee of the Christianity and Judaism Consultation at The Catholic Theological Society of America.

Dr. Tapie is the author of Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas  (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2014), which was the focus of a special session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12, 2016). He is also co-editor, with Daniel McClain, of Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of the Bible (Fortress Press, 2015). He has published journal articles in Studies in Christian Jewish-Relations, Journal of Moral Theology, Jaarboek  (the Journal of the Aquinas Institute of Utrecht, the Netherlands), and Restoration Quarterly. 

Dr. Marc Pugliese, Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Pugliese’s work focuses upon comparative theology with attention to the Christian tradition and South Asian (Indian) religions, especially Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism). Dr. Pugliese is the co-editor of the volume Teaching Interreligious Encounters for the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching Religious Studies series, published by Oxford University Press.