Instructor of Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology
David Dawson Vasquez has been teaching theology in Rome since 2001. He has a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Systematic Theology with concentrations in Liturgy and Eschatology. In his research, he pursues the question of the way in which humans know God and is particularly interested in the relationship between liturgy and reason, including the meta-rational context of art and culture as regards the integration of humanity into the life of the Holy Trinity. He finds much food for thought in this regard in the patristic tradition, particularly the Alexandrian thinkers, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Maximus the Confessor. Contemporary questions in the theology of marriage offer also a fascinting case study of this issue.
In Rome, Dr. Dawson has taught students at the undergraduate, seminarian, and graduate levels. Since 2002, he has regularly taught undergraduates courses in Theology and Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and Loyola University Maryland, as well as guest lecturing for the Australian Catholic University. He also teaches at the Pontifical Beda College, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Accademia Alfonsiana. In the past, he has taught for the University of Dallas and the University of New Haven (CEA). He is associate editor for the journal Marriage, Families, and Spirituality.
From 2003-2017, he directed the Rome program for The Catholic University of America, working also with DePaul University (2003-2009), Loyola University Maryland (2003-2017), and Australian Catholic University (2014-2017).