Dr Michael Oliver


B.S., Rutgers University

M.Div., Drew Theological School

Ph.D., Drew University


Michael Oliver is currently a Departmental Lecturer in Modern Theology in the Faculty of Theology and Religion and Tutor at St. Benet’s Hall. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University and a Masters of Divinity from Drew Theological School before earning a Ph.D. in Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion, with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, in the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant before being deployed to Iraq in 2003.

His forthcoming book, Deconstructing Undecidability: Derrida, Justice, and Theological Discourse (Fortress/Lexington, 2019), explores the problematic nature of decision, in pursuits of social justice and theological understandings of divine decision, arguing for the necessity of reckoning with difficult decisions. He has a forthcoming article in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (Spring 2019) entitled “How to Avoid the God Who Chooses: Denials” and several entries in the latest edition of The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (‘Death of God’ theologies; Queer Theology).

Research Area

Historical and Systematic Theology; Philosophical Theology

Research Interests

Relationship between religion and social justice; liberation and feminist discourses; critical race studies, women’s and gender studies, queer theory; eco-theology; political theology; constructive Christian theology; modern and postmodern philosophy and theology; Continental philosophy; post-structuralism

External Engagement

Michael is a lecturer for the Department of Continuing Education, offering weekly public classes, which include ‘Deconstruction and Christian Theology’ and ‘Justifying Religion? Contemporary Christianity and Social Justice.’


Twitter: @mjoliver79

Select Publications

  • Deconstructing Undecidability: Derrida, Justice, and Religious Discourse

    Oliver, M
  • How to Avoid the God Who Chooses: Denials

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