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Thomas Graff


I am an M.Phil. student in Christian Theology. I received my B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, with Majors in Philosophy & Theology and Italian Studies (honors thesis: “A Grammar of Certainty: Wittgenstein and Newman on Rationality and Religious Belief”). Thereafter, I began an M.A. in Italian Studies at Notre Dame, focusing on the works of Dante Alighieri and Primo Levi, and writing my thesis under the supervision of Professor Vittorio Montemaggi (thesis: “A Rhetoric of Suspension: Rethinking Salvation in the Commedia”). My research broadly pursues interrelated forms of human knowing, protesting, loving, and writing in light of and in response to divine mystery, and the mystery of salvation in particular.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:

Christ, the Unfinished Poem: Augustine and Dante on Hope

Research Interests

Soteriology in Augustine, Dante, and Hans Urs von Balthasar

Religion and literature

Form and content in theological reflection

Resurrection, forgiveness, and memory

Hope and tragedy


Research Supervision

Dr Rowan Williams


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