Professor of Religion
D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2003
Born and raised near Detroit, MI, Professor Sullivan did his undergraduate studies
at the University of Michigan (B.A. 1994). He holds graduate degrees from the University
of Notre Dame (M.A., 1995), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Dipl.,
1996), the University of Michigan (M.A., 1998), and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.,
Professor Sullivan was Chair of the Religious Studies Department from 2010-2016.
At IWU, he has chaired the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), served on the Strategic
Planning and Budgeting Committee (SPBC), and this year he is the Chair of the Council
on University Programs and Policy Procedures (CUPP).
Professor Sullivan teaches classes on the Bible, late Second Temple Judaism, the New
Testament and Christian Origins, Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphal texts, as well as
Christian History more generally.
In his research and publications Professor Sullivan specializes in ancient Jewish
and Christian Mysticism with a focus on angelology and demonology.
Professor Sullivan is the author of Wrestling with Angels: A Study of the Relationship between Angels and Humans in the
Ancient Jewish Literature and the New Testament (Brill, 2004). He is the author of several chapters and peer-reviewed articles on
the topic of angelology. He recently co-edited (with colleague Jonathan Knight) a
volume in honor of Oxford Professor Christopher Rowland entitled, The Open Mind: Essays in Honour of Christopher Rowland (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2015). Professor Sullivan is also the author of many book
reviews for journals like the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and The Expository Times.
Professor Sullivan is currently a steering committee member on Society of Biblical
Literature's Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity Group. He is also an active member
of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and he is a member of the Advisory
Board for the journal Henoch.
Professor Sullivan's publications and presentations.