Benjamin Van Dyne

Benjamin Van Dyne.

Systematic Theology


BA, Philosophy, University of Virginia, 2007

MDiv, Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, 2017


Benjamin Van Dyne is a doctoral student in systematic theology at Fordham University. His dissertation investigates the ontological presuppositions of Christian theological anthropology, particularly the various ways that social/discursive practices and materiality interact in the formation of racialized personhood. Engaging with the work of Black and Womanist theologians, thinkers in Black studies, and new materialist ontologies, his dissertation suggests that foregrounding this social–material interaction can indicate possible new directions for Christian theological anthropology and ethics.

Before coming to Fordham, Benjamin worked as a community organizer in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, New York City and Long Island. He studied philosophy at the University of Virginia and received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. His research at Union focused on theological meaning of the ways that white bodies are inevitably implicated in racialized violence. 

A former Unitarian Universalist-turned-Episcopalian, he is active in local church communities and is a frequent guest preacher at churches of various denominations in the New York area. He lives in the Bronx with his two children. You can find him on Twitter at @benjaminvandyne.