Graduate Theological Union

Bernard Schlager

Pacific School of Religion

Bernard Schlager Dean and Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies
Core Doctoral Faculty

At GTU since 2000

PhD, Yale University, 1996

Phone: 510/849-8278


 Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • LGBTQ Religious History
  • Welcoming Christianities
  • History of Sexuality
  • Medieval Social and Religious History
  • Queer Studies
  • LGBTQ Pastoral Care


Selected Publications

  • Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care, Pilgrim Press, 2007.
  • “Reading Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality as a Call to Action: Boswell and Gay-Affirming Movements in American Christianity.”  In The Boswell Thesis, University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  • “‘The Dead Sea of Sodomy’: Giordano da Pisa on Men Who Have Sex With Men.” In Queer Italia: Same-Sex Desire In Italian Literature And Film, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.
  •  “The Inquisition.” In Reader’s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.
  • “Foundresses of the Franciscan Life: Umiliana Cerchi and Margaret of Cortona,” Viator 29,1998.