Raab, Joseph

  • Title: Professor of Religious Studies
  • Department: Religious Studies
  • Ph.D., St. Michael's College-Toronto; M.A., University of Dayton; B.A., University of Dayton.
  • Phone: 517-264-7673
  • Campus: Adrian
  • Building: Sacred Heart Hall
  • Office #: 312D

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Religious Studies

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  • About
Professor of Religious Studies; Director of the Liberal Arts Program


Meet Dr. Joseph Raab
Professor of Religious Studies
Director of the Liberal Arts Program


  • Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
  • S.T.L., Regis College, University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Dayton
  • B.A., University of Dayton

Recent Awards and Achievements
  • 2009-10 Winner of the Eileen Rice Award for Outstanding Teaching

  • 2007 “Comrades for Peace: Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama and the Preferential Option for Non-Violence” in The Merton Annual, Volume 19, pp. 256-267.
  • 2007 “Flannery O'Connor's Art of Conversion,” in Theology Today Volume 63, pp. 442-449.
  • 2005 “A Naked Emperor at the Rim of Chaos: The War on Terror and the Crisis of Language” in Across the Rim of Chaos: Thomas Merton's Prophetic Vision edited by Angus Stuart (The Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland) pp. 48-60.
  • 2004 “Madhyamika and Dharmakaya: Some Notes on Thomas Merton's Epiphany at Polonnaruwa,” in The Merton Annual, Volume 17, pp 195-206
  • 1999 “Encountering Others: Interpreting the Faith Development of Thomas Merton in Light of James Fowler's Stages of Faith” in The Journal of Religious Education, Volume 94, No. 2, pp. 140-154.
  • 2004 “Uniting Divided Worlds in Christ: a Review of The World in My Bloodstream: Thomas Merton's Universal Embrace” edited by Angus Stuart in The Merton Seasonal, Volume 29, No. 4, pp. 32-35.
  • 1997 review of Jacques Dupuis's “Who Do You Say I Am?: an Introduction to Christology ”in Toronto Journal of Theology (13:1 Spring, 1997).
  • 1997 review of Catherine Cornille and Valeer Neckebrouck, eds. “A Universal Faith: Peoples, Cultures, Religions, and the Christ” in Toronto Journal of Theology (13:1 Spring 1997).
  • 1995 review of Howard Solverson's “The Jesuit and the Dragon: A Canadian Life in the Eastern Himalayas” in The Catholic Register (July 15-22, 1995).
  • Multiple Year Honoree in Who's Who Among America's Teachers Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology).

Teaching Philosophy

"The search for truth in ever-changing contexts never becomes passe and continues to drive human history. Sometimes the process leads us to reaffirm ancient truths and values and sometimes to challenge them. I hope simply to be a catalyst for students in their ongoing discovery of truth and value."

“Students who come to Siena develop a love for the school, and they become devoted alumni. I think that's a great testimony to the quality of education that is offered here at Siena.”