Dr. Gregory K. Hillis

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Associate Professor
Office: Alumni Hall 106
Phone: 502.272.7800
Twitter: @gregorykhillis
ghillis@bellarmine.edu 
Rocky Mountain College, B.A.; University of Waterloo, B.A.; McMaster University, M.A., Ph.D.

Gregory K. Hillis joined Bellarmine University’s faculty in the department of theology in 2008. His doctoral research was on early Christian theology, with a particular focus on St. Cyril of Alexandria, and he has published a number of academic articles on Cyril’s theology. He also wrote the introduction to a new translation of Cyril’s Glaphyra published in 2018 by Catholic University of America Press. In recent years, he’s turned his attention to the life and writings of Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk from Kentucky whose literary estate is housed at the Merton Center here at Bellarmine. In addition to teaching a popular undergraduate course on Merton, Dr. Hillis has written both academic articles and popular articles on his life and thought. He has also delivered lectures around the United States on Merton’s theology. He is currently working on a book on Thomas Merton’s understanding of Catholicism for Liturgical Press, due to come out in 2021. Dr. Hillis loves baseball almost more than life itself, and hopes soon to develop an undergraduate course on the theology of baseball. In 2019, Dr. Hillis won the Wilson W. Wyatt Faculty Fellowship for excellence in teaching and scholarship at Bellarmine University.

Recent Publications

Academic Writing

Non-Academic Writing

Recent Interviews

Courses Taught

  • THEO 200 – Ultimate Questions
  • THEO 316 – History of Christianity I: Origins to 1000
  • THEO 317 – History of Christianity II: 1000 to the Present
  • THEO 320 – Introduction to the Life and Thought of Thomas Merton
  • THEO 321 –  Monastic Spirituality