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Asian Theological Summer Institute – Faculty

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ATSI 2017

An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage

Faculty for ATSI 2017

Dr. W. Anne Joh | Dr. Kwok Pui Lan | Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew |
Dr. Su Yon Pak | Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian | Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar |

Dr. W. Anne Joh

Dr. W. Anne Joh

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL

Research Interests: Intersections of feminist/womanist theology, postcolonial and poststructural theory, critical race theory and cultural studies. Her latest research areas include race and sexuality, postcoloniality and bio-politics of empire, issues of citizenship, human rights, immigration, and psychosocial-religio analysis of subjectivity

Education: BA, North Central College; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; MPhil and PhD, Drew University; Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theology from Fordham University

Publications Include: Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology; “Violence and Asian American Experience: From Abjection to Jeong” in Asian and Asian North American Women’s Theology and Religion; “The Transgressive Power of Jeong: A Postcolonial Hybridization of Christology” in Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empires; “Loves’ Multiplicity: Jeong and Spivak’s Notes Towards Planetary Love” in Planetary Loves: Gayatri Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology; and an upcoming book, In Proximity to the Other: A Postcolonial Theological Anthropology (forthcoming from Westminster John Knox Press).

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan

William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests: Christian theology, world Christianity, spirituality, religion and culture, Asian religions, women’s studies, and postcolonial criticism

Education: BA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; BD and MTh, Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology; ThD, Harvard University

Publications Include: Introducing Asian Feminist Theology; Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology; Chinese Women and Christianity 1860- 1927; Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World; Co-edited works include Postcolonialism; Feminism and Religious Discourse; Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology; and Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology. She is also the editor of the four-volume Women and Christianity. Her newest publication is Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Joerg Rieger).

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew

Dr. Tat-siong Benny Liew

Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Research Interests: Literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature), and transdisciplinary study of the New Testament

Education: BA and MA, Olivet Nazarene University; MA and PhD, Vanderbilt University

Publications Include: Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually; and What is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament.  He has also jointly edited They Were All Together in One Place? Toward minority Biblical Criticism with Randall C. Bailey and Fernando F. Segovia. Dr. Liew is also the editor of Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R.S. Sugirtharajah, and Reading Ideologies: Essays in Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert, as well as the guest editor of the SEMEIA double-volume on The Bible in Asian America.

Dr. Su Yon Pak

Dr. Su Yon PakSenior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-Based Education, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Research Interests: Aging and spirituality, Asian/Asian American women and leadership, food justice, criminal justice, integrative education pedagogies, system-centered theory and the state/future of theological and higher education

Education: EdD, Religion and Education, Teachers College of Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, 1999; MA, Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1985; BA, Chemistry, Cornell University, 1982; Certificate, Institute on Educational Management, Harvard University, 2008; Certificate, Fundraising, New York University, 2005

Publications Include: “Co-editor of Wisdom Leads: Asian and Asian American Women Leaders (under contract); “Women Leadership in Asian American Protestant Churches” in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook by SAGE Publications; “Coming Home/Coming Out: Reflections of a Queer Family and the Challenge of Eldercare In The Diaspora” in The Journal of Theology and Sexuality; and “Leadership and the Academy,” an article for the Religious Studies News of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Pak also co-authored “Attentive Teaching in Diverse Communities and Lifelong Faith Formation” in Lifelong Faith and Singing the Lord’s Song in a New Land: Korean American Practices of Faith.

Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian

Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian

Academic Dean and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, and Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests: Contribution and ongoing relevance of the early teachers of faith; Baptism and conversion, especially in Asia; Contemporary missiology from a postcolonial perspective

Education: BSc, Bangalore University; BD, United Theological College, Bangalore (Senate of Serampore College); MTh, FFRRC, Kerala (Senate of Serampore College); Dr.Theol, University of Hamburg, Germany

Recent Publications Include: Enlivening the Past: An Asian Theologian’s Engagement with the Early Teachers of Faith; “On Walking Through the Cemetery: Continuity and Transformation in Reading Death in an Indian Christian Community,” in Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R.S. Sugirtharajah, ed. Tat-siong Benny Liew; and “Intertwined Interaction: Reading Gregory of Nazianzus Amidst Inter-religious Realities in India,” in William F. Storrar, Peter J. Casarella, and Paul Louis Metzger, eds., A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology.

Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar

Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar

Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Research Interests: Constructive Theology, Reformation Theology, Christian Ecumenism, Cross-cultural Dialogue, Social and Political Ethics, Congregational Ministry, and Religious Pluralism

Education: BA, University of Mysore; BD, United Theological College; STM, Concordia Seminary-Seminex; PhD, University of Iowa

Publications Include: New Religious Movements and the Church (co-edited with Allen Brockway)Asian Lutheranism: Which Way?; Religious Pluralism and Lutheran TheologyBridging Gospel and Asian Culture. Abundant Harvest: Stories of Asian Lutherans (compiled and co-edited with Edmond Lee, 2012); “Luther as a Resource for Interreligious Dialogue,” in Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, eds. Robert Kolb, Irene Dingle, et. al, (Oxford, 2014).

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