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Dr Jeremy Pilch

Head of School of Theology

Dr Jeremy Pilch

About Research



Following undergraduate studies at Oriel College, Oxford, and an MA at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL), I spent some years in secondary education before being awarded an AHRC scholarship for a doctorate at the University of Bristol, focusing on the doctrine of deification in the Russian tradition. This doctoral work forms the basis for my 2018 monograph on Vladimir Solov’ev and also led to a research fellowship in the Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop College. 

At St Mary’s I am the Programme Director for the BA In Theology, Religion, and Ethics. I teach across a range of topics, including modules on Systematic Theology and Mariology at MA and BA levels; Orthodox mystical theology for the MA in Christian Spirituality; Theological Anthropology, Christian Ethics, Ecclesiology, Eastern Christianity, for the BA programme. In addition, I am also the Programme Director for our new BA in Theological Studies, and am head of collaborative partnerships within the Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts, with particular oversight of our relationship with Mater Ecclesiae College.


Research profile


  • ‘Breathing the Spirit with Both Lungs’: Deification in the Work of Vladimir Solov’ev
    (Leuven: Peeters, 2018)

Book chapters:

  • ‘Evgenii Trubetskoi and Vladimir Solov’ev: A Survey of an Intellectual Relationship about Theocracy, Freedom and Divine-Humanity’, in ‘Evgenii Trubetskoi: Icon and Philosophy’, (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2021 [in press]), ed. by Teresa Obolevitch and Randall Poole.
  • ‘The Slavophiles from Khomiakov to Solov’ev’ in A History of the Desire for Christian Unity: Ecumenism in the Churches, 19th-21st Century, Vol. 1: Ecumenism in the Churches (19th-21st Century), (Leiden: Brill, 2021), ed. by Alberto Melloni.


  • ‘The Ecclesiology of Divine-Humanity and Church Unity: Solov’ev, Berdyaev and Bulgakov’, for One in Christ, Vol. 52 (2018), 187-205
  • ‘Vladimir Solov’ev and the 19th-Century Pioneers of Catholic-Orthodox reunion’ in The Downside Review, January 2017, Vol. 135(1), 35-54

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