Paul V. Kollman, C.S.C.
Associate Professor of Theology & Executive Director Center for Social Concerns (CSC)
History of Christianity
World Religions and World Church
B.A., 1984; M.Div., 1990, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., 2001, History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School
Research and Teaching Interests
Kollman serves in the areas of history of Christianity and World Religions/World Church. His research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, as well as in archives in Europe and the US. He has also taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and the Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, and was previously a fellow of the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame and a Lilly Fellow for Theological Education at the University of Chicago. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals in theology, religious studies, and African studies, including Theological Studies, The International Bulletin of Missionary Research, The Journal of Religion, African Studies, The International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Mission Studies. In 2005 he published The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa (Orbis), and his current project is a book on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa.
Regularlay taught courses include: Global Catholicism, World Christianity, The Modern Study of Religion, Christianity in Africa, The Theology and History of Mission
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2005. The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
2015. “Toward Foundations for Intercultural Studies: Considering Mobility Studies and the Study of Religion” in Perspectives on Interculturality: The Construction of Meaning in Relationships of Difference edited by Michal Rozbicki (Palgrave MacMillan, New York), 2015, 39-52.
With Rachel Thomas Morgan. 2015. “Liberal Education and Service-Learning as a High-Impact Practice” with Rachel Tomas Morgan in Putting the Local in Global Education: Models for Transformative Learning through Domestic Off-Campus Programs edited by Neal W. Sobania, pp. 276-287. Sterling, VA: Stylus .
2013. “New Angles on African Christianity” in Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Casely B. Essamuah and David K. Ngaruiya, pp. 70-81. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, Eugene.
2012. “Africanizing Christianity: Cross-Cultural History and Conceptual Ways Forward,” in Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness edited by Michal Jan Rozbicki and George O. Ndege, pp. 119-137. New York: Palgrave-McMillan.
2012. “The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Africa Today: Some Preliminary Observations.” Geestkracht: Bulletin voor Charismatische Theologie 70: 49-59.
2014. “Understanding the World-Christian Turn in the History of Christianity and Theology.” Theology Today, 71:2, 164-177. July 2014.
2012. “Analyzing Emerging Christianities: Recent Insights from the Social Sciences.” Transformation, 29:4, 304-314. October 2012.
2012. “Generations of Catholics in Eastern Africa: A Practice-Centered Analysis of Religion Change.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51:3, 412-428. September 2012.
2011. “At the Origins of Mission and Missiology.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 79:2, 425-458. Spring 2011.
2010. “Classifying African Religions Past, Present, and Future: Part Two. The Anthropology of Christianity and Generations of African Christians.” Journal of Religion in Africa. 40:2: 118-148. June 2010.
2010. “Classifying African Religions Past, Present, and Future: Part One. Ogbu Kalu and the Appropriation of Pentecostalism." Journal of Religion in Africa. 40:1, 3-32. March 2010.
Father Paul Kollman, C.S.C., an associate professor in the Department of Theology, became the third director of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns in July 2012. He is a Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Previously he has taught at Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya; Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda; and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Kollman’s research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as in archives in Europe and the United States. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals in theology, religious studies, and African studies, including Theology Today, The Journal of Religion in Africa, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Theological Studies, The International Bulletin of Missionary Research, The Journal of Religion, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, African Studies, The International Journal of African Historical Studies, The Journal of African History, and Mission Studies. In 2005 he published The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa and he is currently working on several projects, including a book on Christianity in Eastern Africa for the World Christianity series of Fortress Press, a monograph on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa, and a long-term study with several political scientists of the Catholic Charismatic Movement in Africa.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Father Kollman received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Father Kollman resides in O’Neill Hall on Notre Dame’s campus.
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