Instructor of Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology
David has been teaching theology in Rome since 2001. He holds 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 fascinating case study of this issue.
In Rome, Dr. Dawson has taught students at the undergraduate, seminarian, and graduate levels since 2001. He currently teaches at the Pontifical Beda College, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and occasional units and special lectures at the Australian Catholic University. He taught for the Accademia Alfonsiana from 2015-2020 and has taught for the University of Dallas, most recently in summer 2020. From 2002-2017, he taught undergraduates courses in Theology and Philosophy for The Catholic University of America and Loyola University Maryland, and guest lectured for the Australian Catholic University. In the past, he taught for DePaul University, and the University of New Haven (CEA).
David has extensive experience in editing and translating. Along with various free lance projects, he has been working with the International Academy for Marital Spirituality since 2001. He is currently Associate Editor for their journal Marriage, Families & Spirituality.
David is experienced in academic and international administration. From 2003-2017, he was Rome Program Director for The Catholic University of America, working also with DePaul University (2003-2009), Loyola University Maryland (2003-2017), and Australian Catholic University (2014-2017). Prior to that, he worked in the administration of educational programs at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas from 1998.