Susan Ritchie

Acting Dean of Faculty (as of January 1, 2014)

Associate Professor of Unitarian Universalist History and Ministry 

M.Div. Methodist Theological School, Ohio, Delaware
M.A. English, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Ph.D. Cultural Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Contact (email)
Phone: (510) 549-4727

The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie has served as the minister of the North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio since September of 1996.  She also serves on the  Board of Trustees for the Unitarian Universalist Association. 

Ritchie is widely published on the topic of Unitarian Universalist history and identity, and also postmodern religious cultural studies, with her work being translated into Turkish and Hungarian.  Her book on the Unitarian history in relationship to Judaism and Islam, based on her Minns Lectures of 2009 will soon be released in book form.

Ritchie is proud to have grown up as a third generation Unitarian.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner Donna and English Springer Valentino, where she enjoys madly competitive amateur tennis and foolishly ambitious cooking. 

Dr. Ritchie is featured in the UU World article Starr King names professor of UU history.

Courses she has taught include (please see the Course Catalog for the current academic year):

  • Unitarian Universalist History
  • European Unitarian Universalist History
  • Unitarian Universalist Identities
  • North American Unitarian Universalist History: Boston Immersion 
  • Unitarian Universalist Polity: General Assembly Immersion
  • History of Protestantisms in America
  • American Puritanisms  
  • Cultural Theories of Religion
  • American Folk Religion
  • Ottoman Islam and Unitarianism 
  • A History of Western Attitudes Towards Death
  • Church History
  • Church History Through Art, Music and Literature.


Full-time Core Faculty:

Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé

Rev. Dr. Gabriella Lettini

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker

Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie

Part-time Core Faculty:

Dr. Ghazala Anwar

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake

Rev. Michelle Favreault

Rev. Kurt Kuhwald

Dr. Jo Sanzgiri


Research Scholars & Research Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Hilda Mason Teaching Fellows

Intern Supervisors


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