Diane Apostolos-Cappadona


Director of Catholic Studies Program
Haub Director of Catholic Studies


Catholic Studies
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Diane Apostolos-Cappadona is Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program, and Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History in the Catholic Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies Programs at Georgetown University. She received Georgetown University Alumni Association Faculty Award for 2008 as well as both the Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation and the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from Georgetown University in 2000. During 1996-97, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is the author of the Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art (1996); Dictionary of Christian Art (1994); and The Spirit and the Vision: The Influence of Christian Romanticism on the Development of 19th-century American Art (1995); and of the new introduction for the reprint edition of Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art by Gerardus van der Leeuw (2006). She is the editor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations (1994); Image and Spirit in Sacred & Secular Art by Jane Dillenberger (1990); Symbolism, the Sacred, & the Arts by Mircea Eliade (1985); Art, Creativity, and the Sacred (1995 [1984]); and The Sacred Play of Children (1983); Art Editor for World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, 25 volumes (1985-1994); and co-translator for A History of Religious Ideas, Volume III by Mircea Eliade (1985). A contributor to The Dictionary of Art (1996), American National Biography (1999), Encyclopedia of New England Culture (2005), Encyclopedia of American Studies (2001). Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (1998), Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2007), Encyclopedia of Women and World Religions (1999), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (2015), Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1998-2005), Christianity: A Complete Guide (2005), A Companion to the Study of Religion (2005), Religion Past and Present (2009-2013), New Westminister Dictionary of Church History (2008), Makers of Christian Theology in America (1997), The (Oxford) Dictionary of Islam (2001), and HarperCollins' Dictionary of Religion (1995),

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and collected volumes. She and Doug Adams co-edited Art as Religious Studies (1987) and Dance as Religious Studies (1990). With Lucinda Ebersole, she co-edited of Women, Creativity, and the Arts: Critical and Autobiographical Perspectives (1995). She was Consultant for Art and Religion for The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition (2005), Advisor for Art/World Iconography for the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2005), Area Editor for Cultural Reception of Art for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (2006-present), and Consulting Editor for Art for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Arts (2016). She is preparing two anthologies, Sources and Documents in the History of Christian Art and Sources and Documents in 19th-century Religious Art in America, and serves currently on the editorial boards of Biblical Reception, Twentieth Century Religious Thought, and Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts in the West from the Renaissance to the Present.

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is Editor-in-Chief of the inaugural Brill Research Perspectives in Religion & the Arts (2017-2023) and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts in the West from the Renaissance to the Present. She is completing Visualizing Biblical Women: Favored, Fallen or Otherwise (2018); Christian Art: A Companion Guide (2018), Swedenborg and Five Artists (2017), and the translation of The Religions (2017).

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona was guest curator and author of the catalogue for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002). She served as a Core Consultant to the PBS/BBC series, Dancing! (1993), and as co-curator for the celebratory exhibition Noguchi at the Dance for the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1994). She was a residential fellow at The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center (1982) and The Edward F. Albee Foundation (1983) in support of her study of the art and philosophy of Isamu Noguchi. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona received fellowship support from the American Academy of Religion (1990), American Council of Learned Societies (1989), and NEH (1990).


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  • Ph.D. (1988) The George Washington University, Cultural History/American Studies
  • M.A. (1979) The Catholic University of America, Religion and Culture
  • M.A. (1973) The George Washington University, Religion
  • B.A. (1970) The George Washington University, Religion


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