Rory Sellgren

Rory Sellgren

IMS PG Researcher

Summary: Thesis: Dante's Christology: Finding Christ in the Commedia


My research explores Dante’s Commedia through a Christological lens. My research includes a number of theologians who may have influenced Dante’s understanding of Christology, Christian metaphysics, and his method of biblical exegesis. These theologians include, but are not limited to, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, and Francis of Assisi.

About Me:

BA in English and Theology from Alvernia College (Reading, PA) in 2005 with a senior paper: ‘Frodo and Aragorn: Portraits of Christ in Middle-earth’. MA in New Testament Theology from Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA) in 2009 with the thesis: ‘“Many antichrists have come:” Orthodoxy and heresy in the Johannine community’. MA in Medieval Studies from University of Leeds in 2010 with the thesis: ‘Dante’s Christology’.

I served as an adjunct instructor at Alvernia University (Reading, PA) in 2011 – 2013. I am a member of the International English Honours Society, Sigma Tau Delta, since 2003. I have attended a number of their annual conventions presenting papers and serving on roundtables. I am also a member of the Medieval Academy of America and the Dante Society of America.


Matthew Treherne (Italian) and Mark Wynn (School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science)