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Anne Joh Joins the Ranks of Distinguished Garrett-Evangelical Faculty

EVANSTON, Ill., May 2009 -- Dr. W. Anne Joh will join the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary July 1 as an associate professor of systematic theology.

anne-johJoh has been an assistant professor of theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla.  Previously, she taught at Fordham University as a post-doctoral fellow and at Bard College as a visiting assistant professor.

"We are very excited that Dr. Anne Joh will be joining our theology faculty this fall," says Academic Dean Lallene Rector. "Her recent work in Christology is groundbreaking, and you know you've made a good decision when theologians around the country spontaneously send in words of congratulations -- and envy!"

Joh received a doctor of philosophy in theological and philosophical studies at Drew University, a master of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of art at North Central College with a double major in religious studies and English literature and a minor in political science.

A popular lecturer, she has been invited to speak at conferences across the United States and in Canada, Korea and India.

Joh has published a book and numerous articles in scholarly journals on a wide range of research interests, ranging from Christology to postcolonialism, constructive theology, race and ethnic studies. The book, "Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology," was published in 2006 by Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Her second book, "In Proximity to the Other: A Postcolonial Theological Anthropology," is under contract and forthcoming.

"It's a real pleasure and privilege to join the distinguished faculty at Garrett-Evangelical," she says. "The seminary's reputation as a school with a long history of commitment to social justice issues and to rigorous theological scholarship was certainly a powerful attraction for me. I'm excited to begin this new journey with a community of ministers, scholars, teachers and students -- all committed to excellence in theological education that is open to learning from each other in the context of deep plurality and difference so that we may be transformed by, with and through one another."

Joh immigrated to the United States from Seoul, Korea, with her family when she was 9. She grew up in Chicago during the 1980s before moving to the Northeast in the 1990s. She has two sons, Joshua, 16, and Alex, 10, and is married to Dr. Mark L. Taylor, the Maxwell Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.  She enjoys cooking, reading, running, hiking, yoga, red wine and all kinds of music, and finds the arts have always expressed the heart of theological vision much better than theology.

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