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Installation of Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh as Full Professor

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh, professor of theology and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will be installed as a full professor at 11:10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. Joh's promotion lecture is titled "From Gasp to Exhale: Movement of Breath and Life Together." All are invited to this service celebrating the accomplishments of Joh.


About Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh

Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh is professor of theology and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is the first Korean American female full professor of systematic theology in the United States and the first Asian American female to earn full professor in the seminary’s 165-year history. An interdisciplinary theologian, Joh’s research and scholarship has focused on post/decolonialism, critical ethnic/race and Asian American studies, feminist, queer and affect theories, and constructive theology. Joh joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in July 2009.

As a faculty member of Garrett-Evangelical, Joh has served on numerous committees and as the director of the Asian/Asian American Ministries Center. Under her leadership the Center has become an integral part of seminary providing workshops, conferences, and guest speakers who engage in various disciplines that intersect with Asian and Asian American theologies. Joh is a highly sought out advisor for students in the doctor of philosophy program. Her work as a doctoral advisor and teacher has extended beyond the seminary as well, working closely with: the United Methodist Women of Color Doctoral Program; the Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship Program; the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry, a network of women focusing on doctoral students and women in ministry and theological education; and the Asian Theological Summer Institute, a one week intensive mentoring for doctoral students from an Asian background. Joh is also an affiliate faculty member in the Departments of Religious Studies and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University.

Joh has written numerous articles on a wide-range of theological and interdisciplinary subjects. Joh is the author of Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology (Westminster John Knox, 2006) and numerous chapters and articles. Her most recent book, Critical Theology Against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization (Palgrave Macmilian) was co-edited with Dr. Nami Kim and published in 2016. She currently has two forthcoming books, Trauma, Affect and Race: A Postcolonial Theology of Hope (Fordham University Press, 2019) and In Proximity to the Other: A Postcolonial Theological Anthropology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2020).

In 2003, Joh received a doctor of philosophy in theological and philosophical studies from Drew University, a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992, and a bachelor of arts at North Central College with a double major in religious studies and English literature and a minor in political science in 1989. A popular lecturer, she has been invited to speak at conferences across the United States and in Canada, Korea, and Europe.

April 2, 2019

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