Paul Kollman, CSC

Paul Kollman, CSC

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: World Religions and World Church
Secondary Field of Study: History of Christianity


Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School

Research and Training Interests

I am currently preparing a manuscript on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa.

Selected Publications

Understanding World Christianity: Eastern Africa. With Cynthia Toms-Smedley. Fortress Press. 2018.

“Considering Benedict Options: Missiological Reflections in a Fractious Age.” Missiology 46:1, 7-22. January 2018.

“Understanding the World-Christian Turn in the History of Christianity and Theology.” Theology Today 71:2, 164-177. July 2014.

“Analyzing Emerging Christianities: Recent Insights from the Social Sciences.” Transformation 29:4, 304-314. October 2012.

The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 2005.


Paul Kollman, CSC, is associate professor of theology and has been on the faculty at Notre Dame in the Department of Theology since 2001. Before that he taught at the Queen of Apostles Philosophy Seminary in Jinja, Uganda, and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Since being at Notre Dame he has also taught at Tangaza College, Nairobi, Kenya. His scholarship focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has taught and carried out research in Africa and in archives around the world. Kollman earned his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School (2001), and a BA and MDiv from Notre Dame (1984, 1990). He is the author of The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa, co-author of Understanding World Christianity: Eastern Africa, and numerous other publications in professional journals. He has served as executive director of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, as president of the American Society of Missiology, and is currently president of the International Association of Mission Studies. Kollman is also a fellow of the Kellogg, Kroc, and Nanovic Institutes at Notre Dame. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kollman currently lives in O’Neill Hall at Notre Dame.


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