"Christian theology has been shaped by and has to negotiate with empire throughout the centuries. I am interested in developing Christian theological reflection and practice in the postcolonial world. With the rapid development of China and other emerging markets, I am committed to the formation of leaders of faith communities with broad global vision and critical awareness of God’s mission in the world."
Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, is an internationally known scholar and President of the American Academy of Religion in 2011. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and honorary doctorates from Kampen Theological University in the Netherlands and Uppsala University in Sweden. The author or editor of twenty books in English and Chinese, Kwok’s publications include Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology (Westminster John Knox); Introducing Asian Feminist Theology (Pilgrim); Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World (Orbis Books); and Chinese Women and Christianity, 1860–1927 (Scholars Press). She is an editor of the major reference work Women and Christianity (4 vols., Routledge), and most recently, co-editor of Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement (Lexington Books, 2016).
Kwok was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 from the American Academy of Religion. In May 2015, she was awarded the Gutenberg Research Award by the Gutenberg Research College of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany.
A cofounder of the network Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, Kwok has held leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. She has spoken at the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops conference and at ATS workshops, as well as delivered lectures across the United States, Asia, and Europe. Kwok is advisor to the Religion in the Modern World Series of Rowman and Littlefield and associate editor of the journal Teaching Theology and Religion.