Dr. Jan H. Pranger
Dr. Pranger teaches courses in World Christianity - including African, Asian, and Latin American theologies - and in the Global Studies Program. He coordinates Concordia’s World Christianity Abroad Semester in Hong Kong and leads a biannual World Christianity Summer School in South Africa. He has published books and articles on ecumenical theology, theological contextualization, and interreligious dialogue, including Dialogue in Discussion and Redeeming Tradition; Inculturation, Contextualization, and Tradition in Postcolonial Perspective. With the support of the Louisville Institute Dr. Pranger is conducting research on the effects of the extraction industries on religious communities in Western North Dakota, which he compares interculturally with similar situations in South Africa. He is also working on a manuscript on negative theology, interreligious dialogue and postcolonialism. Dr. Pranger has studied Religion and Physics in Groningen, Princeton, and Chicago, and holds a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.