Rita George-Tvrtkovic, PhD

Rita George-Tvrtkovic, PhD

Professor Chair, Theology, Religious Studies

Phone: 630-829-6266
Office Location: Kindlon 152

Ph.D. (theology), University of Notre Dame | 2007

M.T.S. (theological studies), Weston Jesuit School of Theology | 1997

B.A. (anthropology), University of Tulsa | 1994

Research Interests
Dr. Tvrtković is a historical theologian specializing in the medieval period. Research interests include medieval Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations, pilgrimage literature, medieval women “vernacular” theologians, contemporary Catholic interreligious dialogue, and comparative theology (Islam).


Christians, Muslims, and Mary: A History (New York: Paulist, 2018). 

Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages, ed. Ian C. Levy, Rita George-Tvrtković, and Donald F. Duclow (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce’s Encounter with Islam (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012).

Articles & Chapters

 “Our Lady of Victory or Our Lady of Beauty? The Virgin Mary in Early Modern Dominican and Jesuit Approaches to Islam.” Journal of Jesuit Studies 7 (2020): 403-416.

“Meryem Ana Evi, Marian Devotion, and the Making of Nostra aetate 3.” Catholic Historical Review 103.4 (Autumn 2017): 755-81.

“Bridge or Barrier? Mary and Islam in William of Tripoli OP and Nicholas of Cusa,” Medieval Encounters 22.4 (2016): 307-325.

“What Muslims Can Teach Catholics about Christianity” in Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom: Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries, ed. Reid Locklin and Mara Brecht (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 153-163.

“The Ties that Bind: Interfaith Friend, Interfaith Kin” in Interreligious Friendship after Nostra Aetate, ed. James Fredericks and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 75-84.

“Riccoldo da Montecroce on bismillah and salawat” in Ritus infidelium: Miradas interconfesionales sobre las prácticas religiosas en la Edad Mediaed. José Martínez Gázquez and John Tolan (Madrid: Collection de la Casa de Velázquez, 2013), pp. 85-98.

“After the Fall: Riccoldo da Montecroce and Nicholas of Cusa on Religious Diversity.” Theological Studies 73.3 (Sept 2012): 641-662.