Nicholas Rademacher, PhD
Chair and Professor of Religious Studies
Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor
Nicholas Rademacher, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He presents and publishes in the areas of Catholic social thought and practice, interfaith dialogue, and educating for peace and justice.
Dr. Rademacher is the author of Paul Hanly Furfey: Priest, Scientist and Social Reformer (Fordham University Press, 2017). He co-edited American Catholicism in the 21st Century: Crisis, Crossroads or Renewal (Orbis, 2018) with Benjamin Peters, PhD (University of St. Joseph, CT) and A Realist's Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph A. Komonchak (Orbis, 2015) with Dr. Christopher Denny (St. John's University, NY) and Patrick Hayes, PhD (Redemptorist Archivist, Philadelphia).
In his courses, Rademacher and his students collaborate with community partners and participate in discussions and activities around faith, justice, and the common good. In 2012, this collaboration with the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) of Norristown and the Norristown Community House was awarded the “Recovery and Resiliency Award” from the Montgomery County Department of Health.
In 2007, Rademacher worked with Darryl Mace, PhD (History), and Nancy Watterson, PhD (American Studies), to develop the Voices of Justice Living and Learning Community, a first-year experience designed to provide an interdisciplinary learning experience to engage students in dialogue-across-difference and to promote civic engagement. The trio co-authors and co-presents on civic engagement and engaged pedagogy.
In 2017, Rademacher formed the interfaith learning community, Common Grounds, with Ray Ward, PhD (Director, Wolfington Center) and Lisa Ratmansky. This learning community is focused on teaching interfaith literacy and practice in the context of food justice.
He has long been involved in mission and identity work at the university. Since 2011, he has served on the leadership team of a faculty mission academy that brings together faculty to deepen understanding of the university's mission and to facilitate dialogue about how it can be integrated across the university. He has served on task forces charged with revising the mission statement and the Catholic identity statement. In 2016-2017, with the support of a Teagle-funded Interfaith and Pre-Professional Curricular Grant from the Interfaith Youth Core, he led an interdisciplinary faculty learning community through the development of an interfaith course sequence in the Social Justice Minor.
Rademacher is co-editor of American Catholic Studies and co-founder and co-Executive Editor of Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice.
He serves as the Vice-President of the American Catholic Historical Society and served for two terms as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the College Theology Society. He also served as a member of the historical commission for the cause for canonization of Fr. William Atkinson, OSA.
Dr. Rademacher earned master’s and doctorate degrees in religion and culture from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.