Dr. Scott Kenworthy

Professor of Comparative Religion

PHONE: 513-529-4308
Upham Hall 
DEPARTMENT: Comparative Religion

Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. (History) Brandeis University
M.A. (Religious Studies) University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. (Theology) St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary


Scott Kenworthy is a professor in the Department of Comparative Religion. Kenworthy came to Miami in 2001 as a post-doctoral fellow with the Havighurst Center. In 2004, Dr. Kenworthy joined the faculty of the Comparative Religion Department at Miami University.

Dr. Kenworthy's research interests focus on the history and thought of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, particularly in modern Russia. His most recent book is co-authored with Alexander Agadjanian, Understanding World Christianity: Russia (Fortress Press, 2021). His first book was The Heart of Russia:Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825 (Oxford University Press, 2010), which won the 2010 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. Dr. Kenworthy is currently writing a biography of Tikhon (Bellavin, 1865-1925), who became patriarch of the Russian Church at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Dr. Kenworthy was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Romania where he taught in the Faculties of Orthodox Theology at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca and the University of Bucharest; he has also had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center), the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Social Science Research Council.

REEES Related Courses

  • REL/RUS 133 Imagining Russia
  • REL 337 Religions of Russia and Eurasia
  • ATH/CLS/HST/POL/REL/RUS 254 Intro to Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • ATH/HST 436/536 /POL 440/540 /REL 470/570/RUS 436 Havighurst Colloquia

Selected Publications 

  • "Archbishop Nikon (Rozhdestvenskii) and Pavel Florenskii on Spiritual Experience, Theology, and the Name-Glorifiers Dispute." Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia. U of Wisconsin, 2014. 85-108. Project Muse. 
  • "Debating the Theology of the Name in Post-Soviet Russia: Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeev and Sergei Khoruzhii." Koninklijke Brill NV, 2014.
  • The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism, and Society after 1825. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center, 2010. Print.