Kwok Pui Lan

Dean's Professor of Systematic Theology
Kwok Pui Lan
Phone: 404.727.2995
    • 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 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 21 books in English and Chinese, including 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.

    Selected Publications

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

    Editor,Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion: Embodying Knowledge, Palgrave, 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

    Selected Awards

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

    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

    Wabash Center's Podcast Series: Dialogue on Teaching, Episode 81 - "Building Community Through Online Learning: Interview with Sarah Bogue" (October 29, 2020)

    The Candler Foundry, "Breaking Bread Together as We Work for Justice and Healing: A Lunchtime Discussion with Candler Faculty and Local Clergy" (June 9, 2020)

    Service of Word and Table, "In Our Own Tongues" (February 5, 2019)

    The Observer, "Professor discusses role of religions in peacekeeping" (February 23, 2018)

    Service of Word (November 2, 2017)