John Brolley

John David Brolley , MDiv, MPhil

Assoc Professor - Educator

Instructor-Educator; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professional Summary

John Brolley is an associate professor-educator in the Department of English who directs the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts programs. He earned his B.A. in Music from Connecticut College, his M.Div. from Emory University, and his M.Phil. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. He has been teaching at UC since January of 1998.


MPhil: Hebrew Union College 2002 (Hebrew and Cognate Studies)

MDiv: Candler School of Theology, Emory University 1995 (Old Testament)

Research and Practice Interests

Creation myth;  theory of religion; literary theory; incantations, charms, and other magic/ritual power texts.

Abbreviated Publications

Encyclopedia Article

“Synagogue,” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2009).

Honors and Awards

2013 Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Pi/National Society of Leadership and Success

2012 Recipient, Faculty Impact Award, University of Cincinnati

2011 Recipient, Faculty Impact Award, University of Cincinnati

2010 Recipient, Marian Spencer Diversity Award, University of Cincinnati

2008 Recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member, Delta Delta Delta Sorority

2008 Recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member, Chi Omega Sorority

2004 Award Recipient, The Future of Learning: Addressing Issues of Diversity Project, University of Cincinnati

2002 Nominee, Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cincinnati

1994 Election to Theta Phi (Honor Society for Religious Studies Scholars)

2016 Recipient, Judaic Studies Department Head's Faculty Achievement Award


Semitic Languages, Biblical Studies, Demonology, Magic.