Ted Vial has been the associate professor of Theology at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo. since 2004. Prior to the Iliff School of Theology, he taught at Virginia Wesleyan College for eight years. Vial teaches the history of modern western religious thought from the Reformation to today. His research centers on early 19th century German thought and its role in shaping what religion is in the modern world, as well as the role that religion plays in modern democracies, the theories and methods in the study of religion, ritual theory, and cognitive science and religion.
Vial is the director of the Program in Religious and Theological Studies at the University of Denver/Iliff Joint Ph.D. program. In addition, he is the editor of the Oxford University Press/American Academy of Religion Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion book series, and is the Christianity Editor for Religion Compass an on-line journal.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a masters degree from the University of Chicago, and a bachelors degree from Brown University.