Headshot of smiling Indian man with gray hair and glasses wearing a checked suit and tie

Dr. Varghese Mathai

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Varghese Mathai holds the Benjamin P. Browne Chair of Communications, named in honor of Judson University’s founder president. He came to Judson after two decades in the US professoriate at other universities in the Midwest.  As a scholar-teacher, he sees his primary assets in the School of Donne and the early moderns, particularly in Gerard Manley Hopkins on whom he wrote his doctoral dissertation.

His latest project is a translation study of the works of poet K V Simon of South India whom The Guardian calls “the veritable Milton of India.” Dr. Mathai teaches poetry, world classics and writing. He is the founding director of Judson University’s Honors Program.

  • B.A., Kerala University, Trivandrum, India
  • M.A., Kerala University, Trivandrum, India
  • M. Phil, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
  • Ph. D., Baylor University, Texas

Dr. Mathai’s academic credentials include the M.A. (English) and M.Phil (American Literature) degrees from Commonwealth universities and the Ph. D. from Baylor University.  He is active in a number of professional organizations to which he contributes regularly.

Dr. Mathai is a Fellow of the MacLaurin Institute at the University of Minnesota, a center for faculty development. At MacLaurin he has helped in creating academic partnerships and in organizing Worldview conferences.  At Judson, in addition to his current responsibilities, he runs The King’s Errand, a face to face and online chapel program for spiritual formation.  He also advises two of Judson’s overseas programs.

Dr. Mathai is a 2011-12 grantee of the Fulbright Award for a year of teaching and research at St. Stephen’s College of Delhi, India’s premier liberal arts college and a distinguished center for translation studies.