Ulrich L. Lehner

Since August 2019: William K. Warren Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame, IN

Born in Germany, Dr. Lehner studied philosophy, history and theology at the Jesuit School of Philosophy in Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the University of Regensburg, and the University of Notre Dame. In 1999 he received two separate B.A. degrees (in philosophy and theology), took an M.A. in 2003 and received a doctorate in theology in 2006. In 2015 he was the first recipient of a habilitation-doctoral degree from the Central European University inBudapest/Hungary, in the field of history.

His books on the history of religion have been reviewed in a dozen languages, while his research has been funded by the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, the Earhart Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, and others. His book Enlightened Monks (2011) won the Gilmary Shea Award for the best book on Catholic History, and his global history The Catholic Enlightenment (2016) was hailed as a landmark for understanding the relationship of Enlightenment and religion.

In 2017 Ave Maria Press published his newest book, God is Not Nice, which has already been called a "bombshell" (B. Pitre). From 2006 to 2019 he taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.