Faculty Directory

Mikhail Sergeev

Wilmette Institute Department Coordinator and Faculty (Religion, Theology, and Philosophy)

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since

Mikhail Sergeev (Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University, 1997) is a religion, philosophy, and modern art historian. He has served as an editor of the book series Contemporary Russian Philosophy at Brill Publishers in the Netherlands (2016–2019) and as chair of the Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Theology at the Wilmette Institute (2017–21). Sergeev teaches courses in humanities at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California). He is also an Affiliate Professor at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota. Sergeev has published more than two hundred scholarly, literary, and journalistic articles in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Russia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan. He is the author and contributing editor of thirteen books, including Russian Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century: An Anthology (Brill, 2020).


Degrees and Certifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, June 1997
  • Master of Arts in Religious Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, January 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Journalism, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), Russia (USSR), June 1982.
Research and Teaching Interests
  • Baha'i philosophy and theology
  • Religion and the arts
  • Russian thought.
Selected Publications
  • “Overview: Theology and Philosophy” and "Progress of the Soul: Life After Death” by M Sergeev, in The World of the Bahá’í Faith, ed. Robert Stockman, London - New York: Routledge 2022, pp. 159–74, 269 – 81.
  • Studies in Bahá'í Epistemology: Essays and Commentaries (GFBS, Vol. 3), ed. with an Introduction by Mikhail Sergeev, Boston, MA: M-Graphics, 2021, 370 pp.
  • Russian Philosophy in the Twentieth-First Century: An Anthology, eds. M. Sergeev, A. Chumakov, M. Theis with a Preface by Alyssa DeBlasio, Leiden – Boston: Brill | Rodopi, 2020, xviii, 444 pp.
  • Studies in Bahá'í Philosophy: Selected Articles, ed. with an Introduction by Mikhail Sergeev, Boston, MA: M-Graphics, 2018, 296 pp.
  • Theory of Religious Cycles: Tradition, Modernity, and the Bahá’í Faith, Leiden – Boston: Brill | Rodopi, 2015, 176 pp.
Courses Taught
  • University courses: Introduction to Baha'i Theology
  • Community courses: Baha'i Theology. Baha'i Faith and Philosophy.