Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Harlan has worked as a professor at Dominican since 2001. Prior to joining Dominican, he was Principal at Stelmach Associates from 1997 to 2001; President and CEO of Vesper Society from 1989 to 1996; and Executive Director at the Center for Ethics and Social Policy from 1983 to 1989.


Graduate Theological Union, PhD
The Divinity School, Harvard University, MTS
Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies, Certificate, Geneva Switzerland
Whittier College, BA

Research Interests

Evolutionary theories of religion, business and economic ethics and the future of liberal education have defined Harlan’s research interests in the last ten years. His theoretical focus is informed by the work of sociologist, Robert Bellah, philosopher, Charles Taylor and theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr. His current sabbatical plan is to investigate the origin and evolution of the ecumenical movements of the 20th century to discern the future of religious belief and practice in the West.

Honors and Awards

  • Honoree, International Association of Sufism
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, Oceanside High School
  • Ford Foundation Research Grant to study "new religions"
  • Rockefeller Fellowship, Fund for Theological Education

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