Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Theology and Philosophy
Peter Admirand
Phone number: 01 700
All Hallows Campus
Room Number
AHC S106

Academic biography

Dr Peter Admirand's most recently published book is Seeking Common Ground: A Theist/Atheist Dialogue, co-written with philosopher Andrew Fiala (2021). Humbling Faith: Brokenness, Doubt, Dialogue—What Unites Atheists, Theists, and Nontheists, published in 2019, is also available as an audiobook. Amidst Mass Atrocity and the Rubble of  Theology (2012) is his book on theodicy and witness testimony, and he is editor of Loss  and Hope: Global, Interreligious, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2014; paperback 2015). He is a (tenured) Assistant Professor in Theology and the Director of the  Centre  for Interreligious Dialogue. He also serves as the School's Faculty Research Convener and is the Christian Co-Chair of the  Irish Council of Christians and Jews. Dr Admirand has recently completed a manuscript on a book examining the comic books, Y: The Last Man and Saga.

He has a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin; a M.A. in Theology (Ethics) from Boston College; a M.A. in British and  American  Literature from Georgetown University; and a B.A. in English from The  Catholic  University of America. Previously  he served as an Interim Programme Coordinator for the M.Phil in  Ecumenics Programme at the Irish School of  Ecumenics and lectured in peace studies, ethics, and interfaith dialogue. He also was an adjunct lecturer in English  Departments at Pratt Institute, Queen’s College (CUNY), York College (CUNY), St  John’s University, and Lasell College. He was in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in  California in 1998-1999.

His publications and research interests are in  the areas of interreligious dialogue (especially Jewish-Christian dialogue and atheist-theist dialogue); post-Shoah Christianity;  religion and literature (including comic studies and science fiction);  testimonies of  mass atrocity;  liberation theology; forgiveness, justice, and the unforgivable; theodicy; war and peace; and the representation of God  and theological themes in literature. 

Originally from New York, he moved to Ireland with  his family in 2004. Aside from work and enjoying life with his wife and 5 kids,  Dr Admirand likes playing soccer and basketball, travelling, jogging with his German Shorthaired pointers, Sally and Neo (while listening to audiobooks), and…it can’t be denied, playing PS5  games and still reading the old comic book or two. He welcomes PhD  inquiries  and conference and media requests. 

Research interests

Religion and literature; interreligious dialogue; religious pluralism and postmodernity; postcolonial theology; Christianity and the world religions; testimonies of mass atrocity; trauma and witness studies; post-Holocaust Jewish thought; global Catholicism; liberation theology; forgiveness, justice and the unforgivable; memory and ethics; the Bible as literature; theodicy; war and peace; Catholic social teaching; Christology amidst the world religions, especially in the context of Jewish - Christian dialogue; the representation of God and theological themes in literature; and atheism and secular humanism.