Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy
A world authority on Catholic thought of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, Richard Cross came to Notre Dame after a distinguished career at Oxford, where he was professor of medieval theology and chair of the theology faculty, as well as senior tutor, fellow in theology, and dean of degrees at Oxford’s Oriel College.
Cross has written four books—The Physics of Duns Scotus: The Scientific Context of a Theological Vision; Duns Scotus (Great Medieval Thinkers); The Metaphysics of the Incarnation: Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus; and Duns Scotus on God (Ashgate Studies in the History of Philosophical Theology)—and is working on two more. He has also published 70 research articles, more than 20 reference articles, and some 60 book reviews; his work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus, The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, and the Times Literary Supplement.
The O’Brien Professorships were established with a bequest from Rev. John A. O’Brien, a 40-year member of the Notre Dame faculty. A popular Catholic apologist who reached millions of readers, O’Brien was a leader of the Newman Club movement and an early advocate of Church renewal through the Second Vatican Council.