Candace Kohli

Assistant Professor of Lutheran Systematic Theology and Global Lutheranism

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  • BA Montreat College
  • MA Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • MA Northwestern University
  • PhD Northwestern University


Candace Kohli joined LSTC in 2022 and teaches courses on Luther and the sixteenth-century Reformations, Lutheran theology, and systematic and historical theology. She has a deep and abiding interest in the socio-cultural impact and relevance of theology historically and brings that interpretive lens to her research questions and methods. In addition to expertise in Luther, Dr. Kohli specializes in and has published on medieval Scholastic and Nominalist theology, theological anthropology, pneumatology, and political theology. Her current research investigates the interdependence of theology and racialized thinking in Luther’s anti-Islamic polemics and the distribution of those ideas in early modern Europe. With a background in adult online learning, Dr. Kohli also directs LSTC’s distance learning initiatives. Before coming to LSTC, Dr. Kohli worked in the nonprofit sector and taught at Montreat College, Northwestern University, and across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Kohli was a Fulbright Fellow in the Evangelical Theology Faculty at Eberhard-Karls-University in Tuebingen, Germany and a Visiting Researcher in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark. Her first book, Human Agency Under Law and Gospel, will be published with Wipf and Stock in 2023.


  • “War Begins in the Minds of Men”: Luther’s Theological Anthropology and Anti-Muslim Polemics.” Dialog. Forthcoming.
  • “Grasping at the Human as Human: The Human Person after Justification According to Martin Luther’s Pneumatological Lens.” In T&T Clark Companion to Theological Anthropology, edited by Mary Ann Hinsdale and Stephen Okey, 183-191. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.
  • “The Medieval Luther on Poenitentia: Good Works as the Completion of Faith in the Christian Life.” In The Medieval Luther, edited by Christine Helmer, 127-142. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020.
  • “The Gift of the Indwelling Spirit: Anthropological Resources in Martin Luther’s Robust Pneumatology.” In Lutheran Theology and the Shaping of Danish Society: Reformation to the Present, edited by Bo Kristian Holm and Nina Koefed, 129-150. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018.
  • “Political Theology in the Reformation: The Inheritance of the Medieval Two Swords Doctrine.” In: Oxford Handbook of Political Theology. Edited by Shaun Casey and Michael Kessler. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press. Forthcoming.
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