Paul Misner, ThD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Marquette University
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Paul Misner, ThD, professor emeritus at Marquette University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theology education.

Specializing in European historical theology, Dr. Misner has dedicated his career to upholding the ideals of his faith while passing his knowledge to others. Celebrating a storied tenure at Marquette University, he established himself as an assistant professor of theology from 1979 to 1983. He continued along his career path, advancing into the position of associate professor of theology from 1983 to 1995 and full professor of theology beginning in 1995. He is honored to have achieved emeritus status in 2002.

Raised by a family of strong faith, Dr. Misner initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1958 before completing postgraduate studies at Gregorian University in Rome in 1962. Ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, he excelled as an associate pastor at St. Basil Parish in Pittsburgh until 1965. He earned a Doctor of Theology from the University of Munich in 1969 and was laicized in 1971 in order to dedicate himself to a career in academia. Dr. Misner began his teaching career as an assistant professor of theology at Boston College from 1969 to 1975. He is proud to have been recognized as a Fulbright Fellow by the West German Commission from 1975 to 1976 and 1985 to 1986.

Dedicated to the teaching profession, Dr. Misner briefly served as a visiting professor at the University of Cologne within the Federal Republic of Germany in 1991. In addition to numerous articles published in professional journals, Dr. Misner is the author of several seminal works of Catholic social history including “Catholic Labor Movements,” “Social Catholicism in Europe” and “Papacy and Development.” Additionally, he contributed as the editor to the German language “Friedrich von Hügel-Nathan Söderblom-Friedrich Heiler. Briefwechsel 1909–31.” Dr. Misner’s work has been highly influenced by the teachings of Kyle Rahner, who is widely considered to be one of the most important Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

Throughout his career, Dr. Misner has maintained professional affiliations with the North American Academy of Ecumenists, the American Academy of Religion, the College Theology Society, the American Catholic History Association, and the American History Association. Looking toward the future, he aims to enjoy his retirement while spending quality time with his daughter and granddaughters.

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