Asian Theological Summer Institute – Faculty

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An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of  Asian heritage supported by the Henry Luce Foundation

Faculty for ATSI 2015

Dr. Peter Cho Phan | Dr. Kwok Pui Lan | Dr. Boyung LeeDr. Tat-siong Benny Liew |
Dr. W. Anne Joh | Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian | Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar |

Dr. Peter Cho Phan

Dr. Peter Cho Phan

Igancio Ellacuría Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University, Washington DC

Research Interests: History of missions in Asia, theology of mission, religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue.

Education: BPhil, Don Bosco College; BA, University of London; STB, STL and STD, Salesian Pontifical University; PhD and DD, University of London.

Publications Include: In Our Own Tongues: Perspectives from Asia on Mission and Inculturation; Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making; Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue in Postmodernity; and the Handbook to Roman Catholic Theology, among many others. He is also the editor of such works as Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience; The Cambridge Companion to the Trinity; and Christianities in Asia..

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. Boyung Lee

The Rev. Dr.  Boyung Lee

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Education, and Spiritual Formation, Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

Research Interests: Critical theory, Postcolonial Biblical Pedagogy, Intercultural/Interreligious Pedagogy in Congregations, Constructive Developmental Psychology and Identity Formation, Protestant Spiritual Practices from the Global South, Asian Feminist Theology/Pedagogy.

Education: BA and ThM, Yonsei University; MDiv, Claremont School of Theology; PhD, Boston College.

Publications Include: Transforming Congregations through Community: Faith Formation from the Seminary to the Church, Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2013; “Teaching Disruptively: Pedagogical Principles and Strategies for Cultural Diversity and Race,” in Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World, edited by Eleazar Fernandez, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014; “Teaching Sexual Ethics in Faith Communities,” in Professional Sexual Ethics and the Practices of Ministry, edited by Patricia Beattie Jung and Darryl W. Stephens. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013; “Singing Bluegrass in a Mother Tongue: An Asian North American Church Pedagogy,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Volume 3, Issue 2.11 ( January 2012); “Broadening the Boundary of ‘Textbooks’ for Intercultural Communication in Religious Education,” Religious Education 105, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 249-252; “Toward Liberating Interdependence: Exploring an Intercultural Pedagogy,” Religious Education 105, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 283-298.

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 ethic 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. 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 psycho-social-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 Jeongin 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. 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 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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