Get to know our engaging TRS professors! They bring theology and religious studies to life in the classroom and contribute to diverse arenas of scholarly inquiry through research, publications and presentations.

Fr. David Gentry-Akin  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  


Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor - St. Marys College of California (2001 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor - St. Marys College of California (1999 - 2001)
  • Core Faculty Member - St. Marys College of California Moraga, California (1995 - 1996)
    Critical Perspectives Department
  • Instructor - University of LondonBirkbeck College, London, UK (1992 - 1993)
    Courses in Ecological Spirituality, the Medieval Mystics, and Christian Ethics
  • Instructor - Holy Names College, Oakland, California (1987 - 1990)
    Introduction to Creation Spirituality

Other Experience:

  • Department of Portfolio Evaluation - St. Marys College of California (1994 - Present)
    Duties included developing Competency Descriptions for essay topics in Religious Studies, advising students writing in this area on the development of their essays, and evaluating the essays to determine their credit worthiness.


  • Faculty Scholarship at Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven for completion of dissertation - (1996)
  • Named Outstanding Undergraduate Student - University of Houston (1979)


  • Charles E. Merrill Scholarship, University of Notre Dame - (1984)


Selected Presentations

  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Early Christians: Reflecting on the Normativity of History for Theology. Gentry-Akin, David (paper)
    Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology VIII, Catholic University of Leuven
    (October 2011)
  • The Use of Mediations in Theology: A Celebration of the Work of Georges De Schrijver, SJ.. Gentry-Akin, David (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter, panel or forum member)
    Leuven, Belgium: Catholic University of Louvain,
    (April 2001)
  • The God In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Dialectical Theism as Orthodox Christian Theology. Gentry-Akin, David (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    Villanova, Pennsylvania: College Theology Society
    (May 2000)
  • Sex, Lies and Global Economics. Gentry-Akin, David (talk, speech or lecture)
    Boston, Massachusetts: American Academy of Religion
    (November 1999)
  • Rekindling the Light: The Erosion of Catholic Identity in Catholic Colleges and Universities. Gentry-Akin, David (paper)
    De Pere, Wisconsin: College Theology Society
    (May 1999)
  • How Faculty Learn: Faculty Development Through Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design. Gentry-Akin, David (panel or forum member)
    Chicago, Illinois: Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs
    Panelist on panel examining how faculty grows through collaboration on curriculum design in interdisciplinary programs.
    (October 1998)


  • Ecofeminism.. Gentry-Akin, David (talk, speech or lecture, other-lecture)
    Lecture given for Professor Stephen Woolperts Jan Term course on Religion, Ethics, and Politics.
    (January 2003)


  • Does Monotheism Have to be Monotonous? Friedrich Nietzsche on Unity and Plurality. Gentry-Akin, David (paper)
    San Diego, California: College Theology Society
    (May 1997)
  • Iron John or John Ironing?: A Pro-Feminist Theological Critique of the Mens Movement. Gentry-Akin, David (paper)
    Notre Dame, Indiana: College Theology Society,
    (May 1994)
  • A God Who Could Dance: A Nietzschean Perspective on Religion and the Body. Gentry-Akin, David (paper)
    Moraga, California: College Theology Society
    (May 1993)


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Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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