Dean Maria Pascuzzi, S.T.D, S.S.L, M.A. S.T.B. completed her graduate studies in Rome, was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1997, attained the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1986, and completed her Post-license research year in the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1987.
Her vision of bringing the wealth of inter-faith religious leaders and church women to engage in the School is also rooted in Jewish biblical studies. She studied one year in Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, focusing in special studies program in Biblical Languages, History, Geography and Archaeology. Pascuzzi secured her S.T.B. in the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome; got her M.A. in Biblical Studies at Providence College in Rhode Island and her B.A. in English and Secondary Education, St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, New York in 1973.
Dr. Pascuzzi has taught at Saint Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, New York, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington NY, Saint Peter's CollegeJersey City, NJ and for the past twelve years has been a professor of biblical studies at the University of San Diego. During her tenure at the University of San Diego, Dr. Pascuzzi was also the founding director of the University's Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. Her research focuses on earliest Christianity and the texts produced by and for the first believers, with special attention to Paul's letters and the persuasive strategies he employed to engage the first believers. She has also lectured and published on Paul's view of the Law and the Jewish people, on the role of women in earliest Christianity and on Paul's gospel within the context of imperial Rome.
Dr. Pascuzzi, from Brooklyn, N.Y., is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America as well as the Society of Biblical Literature and is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Irish Theological Quarterly. She attended St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn and is a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. For additional information on St. Thomas University Schools or to arrange any interviews with Dr. Pascuzzi please contact Marivi Prado, Chief Marketing/Communications Officer at [email protected], 305.474.6880.