Jordan Joseph Wales
Philosophy & Religion

Jordan Joseph Wales

Associate Professor of Theology & John and Helen Kuczmarski Chair in Theology
“O grace abounding and allowing me to dare
to fix my gaze on the Eternal Light,
so deep my vision was consumed in It!
I saw how it contains within its depths
all things bound in a single book by love
of which creation is the scattered leaves.”
— Dante, Commedia, Paradiso 33.82-87

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Jordan Joseph Wales


Ph.D. in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2015

Master of Studies in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2007

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, Linacre College, Oxford University, 2003

M.Sc. in Cognitive Science and Natural Language, University of Edinburgh, 2002

Certified Engineer in Training, NCEES, 2001

B.S. in Engineering, Swarthmore College, 2001

Fellowships and Awards

Visiting Fellow, Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame, 2012-2014

Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Kaneb Center, University of Notre Dame, 2013

Lilly Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2007-2012

Newman Research Scholarship, National Institute for Newman Studies, 2004

M.Sc. Degree Awarded “with Distinction,” University of Edinburgh, 2002

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2001

British Marshall Scholar, 2001

B.S. Degree Awarded “with Highest Honors,” Swarthmore College, 2001


David J. Gunkel and Jordan Joseph Wales. “Debate: What is Personhood in the Age of A.I.?” AI and Law—Ethical, Legal, and Socio-political Implications. Ed. John-Stewart Gordon. Special Issue of AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (In Press).

“Empathy and Instrumentalization: Late Ancient Cultural Critique and the Challenge of Apparently Personal Robots.” In Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics: Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2020. Ed. Johana Seibt et al. Amsterdam: IOS Press (In Press).

“Narcissus, the Serpent, and the Saint: Living Humanely in a World of Artificial Intelligence.” In All Creation Gives Praise: Essays at the Frontier of Science and Religion. Ed. Jay Martin. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press (In Press).

Athanasius of Alexandria. Essential Writings on the Incarnation. Ed. Jordan Joseph Wales. Trans. John Henry Newman et al. (revised). Christian Classics. Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria Press of Notre Dame (In Press).

Irenaeus of Lyons. Against Heresies. Ed. Jordan Joseph Wales. Intro. John C. Cavadini. Trans. Alexander Roberts et al. (revised). Christian Classics. Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria Press of Notre Dame (In Press).

“The Satanic and the Theomimetic: Distinguishing and Reconciling ‘Sacrifice’ in René Girard and Gregory the Great.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 27 (2020).

“Contemplative Compassion: Gregory the Great’s Development of Augustine on Love of Neighbor and Likeness to God.” Augustinian Studies 49:2 (Sep. 2018): 199–219.

“The Narrated Theology of Stabilitas in Gregory the Great’s Life of Benedict.” Cistercian Studies Quarterly 49:2 (Apr. 2014): 163–198.

Touretzky, David; Halelamien, Neil; Wales, Jordan. “Dual Coding Representations for Robot Vision.” Autonomous Robots 22:4 (2007): 425–435.

Tira-Thompson, Ethan; Halelamien, Neil; Wales, Jordan; Touretzky, David. “Tekkotsu: Cognitive Robotics on the Sony AIBO.” Proceedings of the 2004 International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (2004).

Selected Public Scholarship

What Will a Future with Androids Among Us Look Like?Church Life Journal. McGrath Institute for Church Life. University of Notre Dame. Mar. 15, 2019.

The Love that Made Her: How Catholics Should Respond to Church Corruption.The Hillsdale Collegian. Sep. 18, 2018.

Who Are You? Alt-Right ‘Identitarianism,’ Violence, and the Intellectual Roots of Western Civilization.The Public Discourse: The Online Journal of the Witherspoon Institute. Dec. 2017.