Graduate Theological Union

Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Professor of History
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2009

S.T.M., The Order of Preachers, 2007
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1988
M.Div., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 1985
B.A., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 1980
M.A., John Hopkins University, 1976
B.A., John Hopkins University, 1976

Phone: 510/883-2055


Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Medieval Church History, especially of Italy
  • Medieval Philosophy, Theology, and Lay Piety
  • History of Canon Law, preaching and the Mendicant Orders

Selected Publications

  • Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, Cornell University Press, 2012.
  • “Preconciliar Reforms of the Dominican Rite Liturgy, 1950–1962.” and “Postconciliar reform of the Dominican Rite liturgy: 1962-1969,” Antiphon, 2011.
  • Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125–1325, Penn State Univ. Press, 2005.
  • Revival Preachers and Politics: The Great Devotion of 1233, Oxford Univ. Press, 1992.
  • "The Origins of Religious Mendicancy in Medieval Europe," inThe Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancies, Brill, 2011.
  • Gratian: Treatise on Laws (Decretum DD. 1–20); With the Ordinary Gloss, Catholic University of America Press, 1994.