Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr.
Vice President and Associate Provost
The Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr. is Dean of the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies. He holds a B.A. degree with a major in History from Hampton University; M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.
His particular research interests are in early Hebrew poetry; the cultural content of ancient epic; theories of myth; African American biblical interpretation; poetry as medium for theological expression; the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Black community; and the role of mysticism and esoterism in African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro- Canadian spirituality. His published works include Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (as editor – Mellen Biblical Press), The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature (Brill), Waves, Clouds, and Flames—Impressions from Journeys Past and Present (Quiet Fire Press), Exodus (Bible Reading Fellowship – Peoples Bible Commentary Series), and The Africana Bible (general editor – Fortress).
He has received numerous honors for his academic, administrative, and other activities including a Presidential Award from the University of Notre Dame (2001). He is founder and president of the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern and Afroasiatic Cultural Research and a Research Associate at Human Relations Area Files (Yale University) and the Institute for Signifying Scriptures (Claremont Graduate University). He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Academy of Homiletics, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. In 2002 he was elected to membership in the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
An Episcopal priest, poet, musician, photographer, martial artist, and certified tennis professional, he strives to live according to the Renaissance Ideal of broad learning and full engagement in life.