Professor Kwok Pui Lan

Kwok Pui Lan

Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology; Special Advisor to the Dean for Strategic Changes


ThD, Harvard University, 1989
ThM, Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology, 1980
BD, Southeast Asia Graduate School of Theology, 1978
BA, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1976


(404) 727-2995


Dr. Kwok Pui Lan rejoined the Candler faculty as Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology in 2020. She previously served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years, and was named Faculty Person of the Year by the student body both years. Kwok is the former William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. She has also taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Auburn Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and Yale Divinity School.

Kwok’s research focuses on Asian feminist theology and postcolonial theology. She has written or edited 23 books in English and Chinese, including Postcolonial Politics and Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2021); The Hong Kong Protests and Political Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021); Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012, with Joerg Rieger); Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2005); Introducing Asian Feminist Theology (Sheffield Academic Press, 2000); Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World (Orbis Books, 1995); and Chinese Women and Christianity, 1860–1927 (Scholars Press, 1992). Her current research focuses on the practice of postcolonial theology.

An internationally known scholar, Kwok was president of the American Academy of Religion in 2011, cofounded the network Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, and has held leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.

She received honorary doctorates from Kampen Theological University in the Netherlands (2004) and Uppsala University in Sweden (2011) and was named one of the 95 people in the National Special Exhibition “Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People,” in Wittenberg, Germany, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Kwok teaches several courses in systematic theology, including Feminist Theologies from the Global South and Spirituality for the Contemporary World.


The Anglican Tradition from a Postcolonial Perspective, Church Publishing Incorporated, 2023

Postcolonial Politics and Theology: Unraveling Empire for a Global World, Westminster John Knox, 2021

Co-editor, The Hong Kong Protests and Political Theology, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2021

Editor, Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion: Embodying KnowledgePalgrave, 2020

Co-editor, Postcolonial Practice of Ministry, Lexington Books, 2016

Co-editor, Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, Baylor University Press, 2015

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude. With Joerg Rieger, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012

Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding: The Future of Interfaith Dialogue, Paulist, 2012

Editor, Women and Christianity, 4 vols. Routledge, 2010

Co-editor, Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians, Fortress, 2007

Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology, Westminster John Knox Press, 2005

Introducing Asian Feminist Theology, Sheffield Academic Press, 2000

Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World, Orbis Books, 1995


“Towards a Political Theology of Post-coloniality,” in Political Theology Today: 100 Years after Carl Schmitt, ed. Mitchell Dean et al. (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023), 157-70.

Co-author, “Slogan, Women’s Protest, and Religion,” in Religion, Protest, and Social Upheaval, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2022), 177-94

“Visiting MIT’s Media Lab,” Wabash Center Blog, December 12, 2022

Award from Anglican Indigenous Leadership Initiative for contributions to postcolonial theology and “in recognition of exemplary and transformative Christ-like servant leadership,” 2023

The Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship, The Archbishop of Canterbury, 2021

Candler Faculty Person of the Year, 2019

Candler Faculty Person of the Year, 2018

Teaching Excellence Award, American Academy of Religion, 2009

Gutenberg Research Award, Gutenberg Research College of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, 2015

Excellence in Mentoring Award, Forum for Theological Exploration and Mentoring Consortium, 2016

Named one of the 95 people in the National Special Exhibition “Luther! 95 Treasures – 95 People,” in Wittenberg, Germany, to mark the 500th anniversary of Reformation

In the media

July 11, 2023

‘It’s All About Love’ offers lessons in engaging in racial reconciliation work at community level

February 5, 2019

Service of Word and Table

November 7, 2017

Service of Word

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