Ron Large, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Ron Large is Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. He has been at Gonzaga since 1988. From 2012-2019, he served as the Associate Academic Vice President and as the Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness from 2019-2022. Dr....

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Contact Information

  • Office Hours Fall 2022
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    And by appointment



  • (509) 313-6767

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Ethics, Graduate Theological Union

M.Div., Christian Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary

B.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia


Dr. Ron Large is Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. He has been at Gonzaga since 1988. From 2012-2019, he served as the Associate Academic Vice President and as the Associate Provost for Educational Effectiveness from 2019-2022.

Dr. Large’s academic area of specialization is Christian Ethics, with an emphasis on Christian Social Ethics and peace studies. Dr. Large received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia where he majored in Religious Studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his thesis examined violence and nonviolence as methods of social change. He received his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA with a dissertation on the connection between virtue and social change in the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi.

He teaches classes in Nonviolence, Christian Morality, Death and Dying, Sexual Morality, Religion and Film, and the Vietnam War. For the academic year 2000-2001, he was named Teacher of the Year at Gonzaga. He also received Gonzaga University's Exemplary Faculty Award for 2009-2010.

In the summer of 2006, Dr. Large was invited to attend a weeklong seminar on Global Peace and Security at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. He received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Fall of 2009 where he taught in the International Peace Studies Program of the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin.