Chase Padusniak

Chase Padusniak joined Princeton English Department in 2015. His research interests include late medieval mystical and visionary literature, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. His dissertation, “The Place of Mysticism in the Late Middle Ages,” explores the work of three mystics (Jan van Ruusbroec, Julian of Norwich, and Marguerite Porete) within their micro-contexts, arguing that each employs concrete images of class drawn from the socio-political discourses of their localities. His writings have appeared in Augustinian Studies, Comitatus, Church Life Journal, MAKE Magazine, Tillfällighetsskrivande, and the collections, Slavoj Žižek and Christianity and Toward a Just Political Economy: Collected Essays, among other publications. Chase is also an associate editor at Macrina Magazine and, for better or worse, an inveterate cinephile.

Selected Publications: 


Arvind Thomas. Piers Plowman and the Reinvention of Church Law in the Late Middle Ages (review), in Comitatus 52.1 (2021), 291-293.

“Breyfogle: On Creativity, Liberty, Love, and the Beauty of the Law (review), in Augustinian Studies 49:2 (2018), 279-284.      

“‘No wonder, then, that love itself disappears’: Neighbor-Love in Žižek and Meister Eckhart” in Slavoj Žižek and Christianity, ed. Sotiris Mitralexis and Dionysios Skliris, Routledge, London, 2018, 86-103.

Quis habeat cudere monetam?,” in Toward a Just Political Economy: Collected Essays, Lulu, 2020, 112-127.

Courses Taught

“The Bible as Literature” (ENG390, COM207, HUM207), Prof. D. Vance Smith, Princeton University, Fall 2018 (preceptor, two sections).

“The Bible as Literature” (ENG390, COM207, HUM207), Prof. D. Vance Smith, Princeton University, Fall 2021 (instructor of record and preceptor for one section).

“Introduction to English Literature: 14th to 18th Century” (ENG200), Profs. Russ Leo and D. Vance Smith, Princeton University, Spring 2018 (preceptor, two sections).

“Introduction to Literature” (ENG201), with Nathan Ashe and R.J. Bergmann, Northern State Prison/Raritan Valley Community College, Spring 2019 (instructor of record).

“Jesus: How Christianity Began” (REL252, CLA252), Prof. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University, Spring 2022 (preceptor, two sections)

“Religion and Its Modern Critics” (REL263), Prof. Gabriel Citron, Princeton University, Spring 2020 (preceptor, two sections).