Kim Paffenroth, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies

Iona College Department of Religious Studies
715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2743
Fax: (914) 633-2248

Office hours

Wednesday and Thursday: Noon - 2:00 pm


PhD Theology: University of Notre Dame, 1995.
MTS Biblical Studies: Harvard Divinity School, 1990.
BA Liberal Arts: St. John's College (Annapolis, MD), 1998.

Departmental Information and Courses

Dr. Paffenroth joined the department in 2001, after teaching at Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame. He teaches RST 101, Religion in the Contemporary World; RST 204, Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Christian Scriptures; RST 338, The Gospels; and RST 375, Wisdom Literature. He also teaches the first year of the Honors Humanities Seminar (HON 101 and 102).

Professional Interests

Dr. Paffenroth was trained primarily in the study of the New Testament and the Early Church, and he continues to publish in these areas. His work on St. Augustine (354-430 CE) is especially noteworthy. He also investigates how early Christian beliefs are expressed in more recent works of literature or other arts either in what used to be called "high culture" or in popular culture. In the latter area, he has focused his attention on what many would consider non- or anti-Christian genres, especially horror literature, films, and television. His zombie novels have enjoyed some success in the last several years, and been translated into German, Italian, and Russian.

Research & Publications