Dr. Sameer Yadav
JWHC Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Sameer Yadav graduated with his B.A. in philosophy from
Boise State University in 1998, and after taking an M.Div. from Master's
Seminary in Southern California in 2002, he taught for two years as an
assistant professor at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley, CA. He then
went on to receive an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School in 2007, working on
modern theology and social ethics under the direction of Miroslav
Volf. In 2014 he graduated from Duke Divinity School’s Th.D.
program in theology and ethics, with a primary concentration in systematic and
philosophical theology and secondary concentrations in Old Testament/Hebrew
Bible and moral theology.
Sameer’s dissertation The Problem of Perception and the
Perception of God is forthcoming with Fortress Press’ Emerging Scholars series.
It addresses longstanding philosophical difficulties about how Christian
beliefs and practices can be directly informed and justified by God’s
appearances to us in ordinary experience. He has also published in Faith
and Philosophy, the Journal of Analytic Theology, and Pro Ecclesia. Current projects include a book on Gregory of Nyssa for the Cascade Companions
series, and a project tentatively entitled Theological Failure, which
articulates and defends his own conception of apophatic or “negative”
theology. He has been selected to present his work in various forums,
including Notre Dame’s Center Philosophy of Religion and the American Academy
of Religion. In 2009-2010 he was awarded a North American Doctoral Fellowship
by the Fund for Theological Education, given to underrepresented minority
scholars judged to hold particular promise as leaders in both church and
Sameer and his wife, Whitney, have a five year old son, Noah
and a one year old, Ezra. In addition to time spent arguing with Noah
over the existence of God, Sameer enjoys indulging his amateur reading
interests in literature and science.