Joshua Canzona

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Part-Time Assistant Teaching Professor of Theology

Canzona completed his doctoral work at Georgetown University with a dissertation examining consciousness and sociality in the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and Muhammad Iqbal, the intellectual father of Pakistan. His published articles include studies of John Henry Newman on miracles and the ethics of chemically-induced mysticism in the counterculture sixties. His current research interests include comparative mysticism, religious pluralism, and religion in film. He has recently taught courses examining comparative theology, contemplative theology, Muslim-Christian dialogue, and best practices for dismantling Islamophobia. A former public high school teacher, he also writes and conducts workshops on classroom practice, curriculum design, and assessment. Canzona is a board member of the American Teilhard Association and an active member in both the Mystical Theology Network and the American Academy of Religion.

Headshot of School of Divinity part-time assistant teaching professor Joshua Canzona


BA, Loyola University of New Orleans; MA, University of Chicago; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education; PhD, Georgetown University

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic

Courses Taught

  • Muslims in America; Muslims are America
  • Islam and Islamophobia
  • Comparative Mysticism
  • Comparative Theology
  • Classics in Contemplative Theology

Select Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews

Select Academic Lectures

  • Lust and Weibermacht in Biblical Film,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (forthcoming).
  • “God from the Machine: Teilhardian Cosmogenesis and Artificial Intelligence.” Mystical Theology Network, March 2019.
  • “Mysticism at the Front: The Significance of Wartime Service in the Thought of Teilhard de Chardin.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2017.
  • “Knowing God in the Abyss of Cosmic Time: An Analysis of Epistemology in Teilhard de Chardin.” Ways of Knowing, Harvard Divinity School, October 2016.
  • “Breastfeeding and Nourishment in Bernard of Clairvaux.” Art and Articulation: Illuminating the Mystical, Medieval and Modern, Oxford University, January 2016.
  • “The Tears of Saint Joan Against the Boundaries of Language.” Paris-Sorbonne Université, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, March 2014.

Select Sermons, Educational Series, and Church Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member of the American Teilhard Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Mystical Theology Network



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