Professor, Sociology/Anthropology, Program in Religion & Culture, Baruch College of the City University of New York
Michael Plekon's areas of specialization include the social history of American religious traditions and communities, social theory and its connections with theology, the social and theological thought of Søren Kierkegaard, contemporary Eastern Orthodox theology and theologians of the Russian emigration and saints, canonized or not, in our time. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, honorary Fulbright, American Scandinavian Institute and Lutheran World Federation Fellow at the University of Copenhagen’s Institute for Systematic Theology in 1979-80 and 1981, working on Kierkegaard's social and theological criticism. Having published many articles on Kierkegaard and other modern theologians, he has also edited, translated and published several volumes of the writings of theologians Paul Evdokimov, Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, Arthur Carl Piepkorn, and Nicolas Afanasiev, among others. He published a study of ten remarkable 20th century persons of faith in the Eastern Church, also one on the ordinary, diverse shapes of holiness in our time, and is working on a third about American voices, paths and patterns of holiness. He continues to edit and translate important studies and biographies for publication here and is a reviewer for several other journals. He is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, assisting at St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. He received his A.B. from The Catholic University of America and his M.A. and Ph.D from Rutgers University where he was a student of Peter L. Berger.