Philip Francis

Associate Professor of Religion

Philip Francis, PhD Harvard University, grew up on a boat yard in Georgetown Maine. He learned to philosophize in that salty mix of lobstermen pragmatists and back to the lander idealists.  After painting the bottom of many a boat, he took his questions on the road: to liberation theology base camps in Nicaragua, ashrams in India and monasteries in Greece.  He settled down at Harvard Divinity School where he completed his doctoral work in religion and aesthetics. Before coming to UMF, he taught at Carleton College and Manhattan College.  In 2016, he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, his book, When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical Mind, was published by Oxford University Press. At UMF, he teaches a range of course in religious studies, as well as boat building 101.


  • 2011 PhD Harvard University
  • 2004 MTh College of the Holy Cross
  • 2002 MDiv St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • 1998 BA Gordon College
Phil Francis