Santa Clara University

Phone: 408-554-4022
Location: Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall
Room number: Arts & Sciences 223
Courses taught:
Communication and Technology (COMM 012), Quantitative Research Methods (COMM 110), Communication Technology and Education (COMM 161B), Communication and Theology (COMM 175A), Senior Thesis (COMM 197)

Fr. Paul A. Soukup, S.J.

Department Chair/Professor


A.B. in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1973
M.Div. in Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1978
S.T.M. in Theology, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1979
Ph.D. in Communication, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985
Paul A. Soukup, S.J., has explored the connections between communication and theology since 1982. His publications include Communication and Theology (1983); Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey (1989), Media, Culture, and Catholicism (1996), Mass Media and the Moral Imagination with Philip J. Rossi (1994), and Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media with Robert Hodgson (1999). In addition, he and Thomas J. Farrell have edited four volumes of the collected works of Walter J. Ong, S.J., Faith and Contexts (1992-1999). These volumes have led him to examine more closely how orality-literacy studies can contribute to an understanding of theological expression. Most recently, he has published a book of Biblical meditations on communication, Out of Eden: 7 Ways God Restores Blocked Communication (2006) and edited a collection of essays applying Ong’s thought, Of Ong & Media Ecology: Essays in Communication, Composition, and Literary Studies (2012). Fr. Soukup currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society and recently served on the Board of Trustees at Loyola University of New Orleans.