Colt Anderson

Visiting Scholar

Colt Anderson

C. Colt Anderson is Full Professor of Christian Spirituality in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, where he served as Academic Dean from 2012-2017.

Prior to coming to Fordham, Professor Anderson was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. For nine years he taught church history at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, which served more than thirty dioceses around the world and is a pontifical institute. While much of his work concentrates on the history of medieval reform movements and how they effected change in the face of opposition, Professor Anderson also has a long standing interest in the intersection between religion and politics, between spirituality and leadership, and between institutional organizational psychology and pastoral ethics.

Before working as an academic, he was a script writer and film producer as well as a political consultant. In 1995 and 1996 he worked as a theological consultant for the Democratic Party of Georgia and gave the keynote address at the candidate training seminar on how to respond to the rhetoric of the religious right. Over the course of his career he has been engaged in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, worked with the Chaplain of the House to provide a bipartisan forum for Catholic House Staff members to gather, and more recently participated in Professor David Elcott's Ford Foundation project teaching seminarians how to promote civility in politics.