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Kwok Pui Lan

Dean's Professor of Systematic Theology
Kwok Pui Lan
Phone: 404.727.6339
    • 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

    Dr. Kwok Pui Lan rejoins the Candler faculty as Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology. 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 20 books in English and Chinese, including 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 will teach several courses in systematic theology, including Feminist Theologies from the Global South and Spirituality for the Contemporary World.

    Selected Awards

    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