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Benjamin Van Dyne

Fordham University Ph.D. Student Benjamin Van Dyne

Systematic Theology


BA, University of Virginia, 2007

MDiv, Union Theological Seminary, 2017


Benjamin Van Dyne is a first-year doctoral student in Systematic Theology at Fordham University. He worked as a community organizer in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, New York City and Long Island before attending Union Theological Seminary, where he graduated with his Master of Divinity (2017). His research there focused on theological meaning of the ways that white bodies are inevitably implicated in racialized violence. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia (2007), where he majored in philosophy. His research interests include method in theology and theological ethics; white and Christian supremacy; criteria for white theologians’ engagement with black liberationist and womanist theologians; embodiment, social subjugation and solidarity; critical theory; and violence, suffering and theodicy. A former Unitarian Universalist-turned-Episcopalian, he is active in local church communities and is a frequent guest preacher at churches of many denominations in the New York area. He lives in Manhattan with his partner and two children.