Dr. Mathew Kanjirathinkal

Academic Vice President
Professor of Sociology


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Dr. Mathew, born in a region that contains a strong Catholic presence in the predominantly Hindu nation of India, is a Syrian Catholic.  He brings valuable background and experience to his position as Vice President for Academic Affairs, including early seminary formation as a Jesuit scholastic, professional training in counseling, and his several years of higher education administration. He studied for a time in Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1976. He served as Dean of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Later he held the same position, along with teaching sociology, at Park University in Missouri before coming to Divine Word.  Dr. Mathew decided that rather than climb the traditional ladder of administrative posts, he’d prefer to apply his skills and talents to work that would be more meaningful.  “I believe in the work of Divine Word College, preparing future leaders for the Church,” he said, having been familiar with the work of the Society in India.  Dr. Mathew observed that, economically, the world has shrunk to the size of a village, but socially it is moving apart in cultural understanding, faith-related issues, and dialogue.
Ph.L. – Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune, India (Philosophy)
S.T.L. – Pontifical Athenaeum,
Pune, India (Theology)
M.A. – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (Counseling and Personnel)
Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Sociology)
  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
Catholic Social Teaching, Ghandi and Jesus, Urban Sociology, Theories of Human Development, Sociological Theory, Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of God, History of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Philosophy of Human Nature, Epistemology, Cosmology, Trinity
  Research Interests:
Dr. Mathew’s main research interests lie in critical and continental thought, post-colonialism, modernity, postmodernism, multiple modernities, and global issues.  He believes that despite all the efforts around the world to counteract a pervasive tendency toward intolerance, more has to be done to bring people of different cultures together. Though economic development is very important, especially in developing countries, there is a need for the Church to show leadership in the area of understanding and inter-cultural competency.  He is a critic of modernity that focuses exclusively on science, economic development, and globalization at the expense of local cultures, traditions, and deeper human values.  
Simmel, Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms, Two Volumes, (translated from the 1908 Edition of Georg Simmel’s classic, Soziologie: Untersuchungen Über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung) Brill, 2009. (with Tony Blasi and Anton Jacobs).
Her Voices:  Hermeneutics of the Feminine, University Press, 1996. (with Fabio Dasilva, Editors).
Politics at the End of History, Peter Lang, 1993. (with Fabio Dasilva, Editors).
A Sociological Critique of Theories of Cognitive Development, The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990.
Communication and the Foundations of the Social Sciences: Contributions of Peirce, Apel and Habermas, Emporia State Research Studies, Emporia State University Press, 1990.
Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, German, Syriac, Malayalam, and Arabic (currently learning) 
  Intercultural Experience:
India, Germany: Research Fellowship - Eberhard Karls Universität, Tubingen