Faculty Expert Guide

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If you’re looking for an expert in the area of theology, we invite you to visit our Faculty and Auxiliary Faculty Directories to explore their areas of expertise.

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Candace Kohli

  • Luther and the sixteenth-century Reformations
  • Lutheran theology
  • Systematic and historical theology 
  • Socio-cultural impact and relevance of theology historically 
  • Medieval Scholastic and Nominalist theology
  • Theological anthropology
  • Pneumatology
  • Political theology
  • Distance learning initiatives
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Esther Menn

  • Biblical narratives of hope and courage through times of crisis 
  • Race, ethnicity and the Bible 
  • Jewish-Christian relations 
  • First-century Judaism as background for the New Testament 
  • World Christianity
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Brooke Petersen

  • Pastoral theology 
  • Religious trauma 
  • Clinical counseling 
  • Religion and psychology 
  • Faith, wellness and mental health 
  • Ritual studies
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Barbara Rossing

  • Apocalypse, Revelation, New Testament 
  • Archaeology 
  • Church and society 
  • Ecology 
  • Sexuality 
  • Peace and justice
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 Mark Swanson

  • Christian faith and religious diversity 
  • The history of Christianity in Egypt; Middle Eastern Christianity; Christian Arabic studies 
  • Global Christianity (and the global Christian presence in North America) 
  • The history of Christian spirituality (early Egyptian asceticism: the so-called desert fathers and mothers.) 
  • Special expertise: “Cataloguing Arabic Manuscripts.” “Explaining Christian Faith in 13th-Century Egypt.” (see publication list) 
  • Buddhist diversity — in Southeast Asia, and in U.S. cities (Chicago, Austin; a sabbatical project led to Buddhist temples) 
  • The immigration history of Chicago neighborhoods as seen through their church buildings, especially on the South Side; places like Englewood or West Roseland, 
    Religious buildings of Chicago.
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Linda Thomas 

  • Church and Society 
  • Sexuality and Theology 
  • Black Theology/Womanist Theology 
  • Theological Anthropology and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement 
  • Theologies of the Body 
  • Critical Race Theory  
  • The IDI Continuum  
  • Decolonial Methodologies 
  • Contemporary Constructive Theologies 
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Peter Vethanayagamony

  • History of Christian Mission
  • Missiology
  • Christianity in Asia
  • Modern Church History
  • Immigrant congregations in the West
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 Marvin E. Wickware Jr.

  • Black Liberation Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • Race and Christianity
  • U.S. American Racial Reconciliation
  • Affect Theory
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