Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.
Namsoon Kang, professor of World Christianity and Religions, joined Brite faculty in 2006, having taught previously at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University in Cambridge, United Kingdom and Methodist Theological University in Seoul, South Korea. Writing both in English and Korean, her most recent books include Cosmopolitan Theology, Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity (co-edited), and Diasporic Feminist Theology (forthcoming 2014). Teaching, researching, and writing from interdisciplinary spaces, her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of apophatic theology/philosophy, deconstruction, postmodernism, postcolonialism, gender studies, and diaspora. Her writing on cosmopolitan theology engages recent theories of cosmopolitan rights, justice, and hospitality, especially those of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and Jacques Derrida.
An acclaimed speaker who lectures throughout the world, she has been actively involved in various international ecumenical organizations and programs, was a plenary speaker at the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2006, and serves on the Programme Guideline Committee of the World Council of Churches at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, South Korea. She is currently president of WOCATI (World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions) and global faculty for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute.
She received the Louise Clark Britten Endowed Faculty Excellence Award twice by vote of the Class of 2009 and of 2012, and Catherine Saylor Hill Award of Faculty Excellence by vote of faculty in 2013 at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
DegreesPh.D., Drew University, Madison NJ, USA
M.Phil., Drew University, Madison NJ, USA
Th.M., Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, KOREA
B.Th., Methodist Theological Seminary, Seoul, KOREA
ReligionUnited Methodist Church
- Christian Theology of Religions
- Cosmopolitan Theology
- Derrida and Theopolitical Issues
- History and Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
- Postmodernism and Theology
- Religious Plurality: Theologies and Geopolitics of Religion
- Studies in World Christianity: World Christianity & the Future of Ecumenism in the 21st Century
- World Religions and Gender
- Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Neighbor-Love, Hospitality, and Solidarity in an Uneven World. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2013.
- Postcolonial Mission: Power and Partnership in World Christianity. Sopher Press, 2011. Co-edited.
- Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity, Oxford, UK: Regnum Books, 2010. Co-edited.
- A Comparative Study of Life Thought in the Third World Theologies. Seoul: Tree of Ideas, 2003. Co-authored. In Korean.
- Feminist Theology: Gender, Life, Spirituality. Seoul: Korean Theological Institute, 2002. In Korean.
Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews
- “Theology from a Space where Postcolonialism and Feminism Intersect.” Postcolonial Theology. Ed. Helle Haker, Luiz Carlo Susin and Eloi Messi Metogo. Concillium. London: SCM Press, 2013/2: 61-70.
- “Postmodern Seeing Everything as Political Undertaking: Displacing Theology-as-Epietemology with Theology-as-Hermeneutics.” Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology. Vol. XI. 2013: 11-39.
- Endorsement for Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology, edited by Elaine Padilla and Peter C. Phan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
- “Transethnic Feminist Theology of Asia: Globalization, Identities and Solidarities” Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology. Ed. Sheila Briggs & Mary Fulkerson. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 2011.
- “Constructing Postcolonial Mission in World Christianity.” Postcolonial Mission: Power and Partnership in World Christianity. Ed. Des van der Water, Isabel Phiri, Namsoon Kang, Roderick Hewitt, and Sarojini Nadar. Sopher Press, 2011.
- “Out of Places: Asian Feminist Theology of Dislocation.” Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Crosscultural Brink. Cross Cultural Theologies Series. Ed. Clive Pearson and Jione Havea. London: Equinox Publishing, 2011.
- “Beyond Legacy of Invisibility: Overcoming Violence Against Women in Religion and Society.” Presentation at the WCC (World Council of Churches) 10th Assembly, November 4, 2013. Busan, South Korea.
- “Contemporary Christianity and Religion in the Korean Context." Lecture at GETI (Global Ecumenical Theological Institute), October 26, 2013. Seoul, South Korea
- “Key Issues of Theological Education in Global Contexts,” WOCATI-AFTE Joint Consultation on Re-visioning and Re-shaping Theological Education in the Contemporary World, July 2, 2013. Torch Trinity Graduate University, Seoul, South Korea.
- “Community without Community: Postmodern De/Construction of Jesus-Community Toward a Life-Affirming Site of Planetary Hospitality.” Keynote Presentation at the Conference “Subverting the Norm: Can Postmodern Theology Live in the Church?” April 5-6, 2013. Drury University, MO, USA
- “World Christianity—Challenges and Promises.” World Christianity Consultation. March 15, 2013. Geneva, Switzerland.
World Conference of Association of Theological Institutions
American Academy of Religion
The Congress of Asian Theologians
World Council of Churches