The American Academy of Religion announced that The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, associate professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), will chair the Academy’s Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Persons in the Profession Committee in 2014.
Cheng, whose research interests relate to the intersections of sexuality, race, ethics, and theology, joined the EDS faculty in 2010. He holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from Yale College. Cheng is the author or editor of four books on queer theology, including Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit (2013), From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ (2012), and Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (2011). He has authored over fifty book chapters, journal articles, and online essays.
Cheng’s appointment as chair to the AAR LGBTIQ Committee is for a four-year period, from 2014 through 2017.
The LGBTIQ Committee is one of the standing committees of the AAR. The Committee “recommends policies and good practices to assure the full access and academic freedom of LGBTIQ persons within the Academy and develops programs to enhance their status in the profession.”
The AAR is a professional association of teachers and research scholars in the field of religion. It has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 institutions in North America and abroad. Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at EDS, served as president of the AAR in 2011.