Doctoral Student Profiles


Brett David Potter

Brett David Potter is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at St. Michael’s studying the intersection of religion, art, and aesthetics. His dissertation examines Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics in conversation with contemporary art and philosophy. He has presented on topics related to theology, literature, and the arts at the American Academy of Religion and the Canadian Theological Society, and has published articles on Canadian literary theorist Northrop Frye, improvisation in art and ecclesiology, and the aesthetics of Jacques Maritain. His research interests include theological aesthetics, theology of culture, religion and film, the “theological turn” in French phenomenology, and the way in which tradition, creativity, and appropriation function in both theology and the arts.

In the Winter 2015 semester Brett is teaching Foundations of Theology at St. Michael’s. He also teaches in the humanities at Sheridan College and regularly guest lectures at Tyndale Seminary in North York. Prior to coming to USMC Brett completed a BFA (Honours) in Film and Video at York University (Toronto), as well as a Masters of Christian Studies in Christianity and the Arts at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He lives with his wife and two children, and in his spare time enjoys reading and playing banjo (especially with the kids!).