Joseph L. Price


Joe PriceProfessor Emeritus
Department of Religious Studies
Co-director, Institute for Baseball Studies

Academic History

B.A. Georgetown College,
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Academic Interests

  • Theology
  • Sports
  • Ritual studies


Joseph L. Price is a Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies. With a doctorate in theology and culture, he has taught more than thirty different courses, ranging from “The Life and Teaching of Jesus” to “Latin American Liberation Theologies” and from “Cinema and Religion” to “Sport, Play, and Ritual.” Author and co-editor of several theological works, including Tillich and A New Handbook of Christian Theology, he has also published numerous essays and books on sports and religion, including From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion and Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America. Combining his interests in sports, ritual studies, and music, he has sung the national anthem for more than 125 professional baseball games in 20 Major League ballparks and 100 minor league stadiums in 42 states.

Click here to listen to a radio interview with Professor Price on In Praise of Play.