Dwight N. Hopkins Professor of Theology

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Dwight N. Hopkins

Professor of Theology

The University of Chicago

The Divinity School

and in the College

Chicago, Illinois

Center for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies faculty affiliate)

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (faculty affiliate)

Center for Latin American Studies (faculty affiliate)

Committee on African and African American Studies (faculty affiliate)

Professor Extraordinarious in the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology

University of South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa


Education: B.A., Harvard University

M. Div., Union Theological Seminary, New York

M. Phil., Union Theological Seminary, New York

Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York

Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa
Business Address: The University of Chicago

The Divinity School

Swift Hall

1025 E. 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

Telephone: 773-834-0006

Fax: 773-702-8223

email: dhopkins@uchicago.edu

Professor Hopkins initiated and managed a 14 country network to think about the practices of building healthy communities and healthy individuals in communities. With representatives from Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Japan, India, England, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the USA, the network forged learning about neighbors through neighbors sharing their cultures. Indeed, in international transactions of business, politics, and religions, one of the greatest challenges is lack of cultural understanding. Restated, cultures facilitate harmony and balance for the purpose of another world is possible in emerging markets. A higher vision and transcendent values glue the global together spiritually with wealth management.

Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2015; co-editor with Kwok Pui Lan and Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu.

The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology, Cambridge, England:

Cambridge University Press, 2012; co-editor, Edward P. Antonio (Zimbabwe).

Walk Together Children: black and womanist theologies, church and theological education, Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2010; co-editor.
Another World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples, in the Cross Cultural Theologies Series of Equinox Publishing, London, England, 2009; co-editor, Marjorie Lewis (Jamaica).
Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion, Minneapolis, MN.: Fortress Press, 2005.
Black Theology in the U.S.A. and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and Liberation, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005 (originally, Orbis Books, 1989).

We Are One Voice: Essays on Black Theology in South Africa and the USA, Johannesburg, South Africa: Skotaville Press, 1989; co-editor, Simon Maimela (South Africa).
Cut Loose Your Stammering Tongue: Black Theology in the Slave Narratives, revised and expanded edition, Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003; co-editor. (originally Orbis Books 1991).
Shoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1993. Named an Outstanding Book on Human Rights by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis, New York: Routledge, 1996; co-editor.
Liberation Theologies, Post-Modernity, and the Americas, New York: Routledge, 1997; co-editor.
Introducing Black Theology of Liberation, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1999.
Down, Up & Over: Slave Religion & Black Theology, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1999.
Black Faith & Public Talk: Essays in Honor of James H. Cone’s

“Black Theology and Black Power”, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2007 (originally, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1999); editor.
Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases, Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2001; co-editor.
Heart and Head: black theology past, present, and future, New York: Palgrave, Global Publishing at St. Martin’s Press, 2002.
Global Voices for Gender Justice, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2007 (originally The Pilgrim Press, 2003), co-editor with Ramathate Dolamo (South Africa) and Ana Maria Tepedino (Brazil).
Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic, New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2004; co-editor.


International Academic Committee Member, the Journal for the Study of Christian Culture. The Journal is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Christian Culture at the Renmin (People’s) University of Beijing, China. The Ministry of Education has appointed Renmin University of China’s Research Institute of Buddhism and Religious Studies as the key center for humanities and social science research. The Journal is one of its projects.
Consulting Editor, Theologies and Cultures (Taiwan).
Co-editor, Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice Book Series, Palgrave Macmillan (Global Publishing at St. Martin’s Press), 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.
Editor, The Bishop Henry McNeal Turner/Sojourner Truth Book Series in Black Religion, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York.
Editorial Committee (former member), The Journal of Religion, The University of Chicago, The Divinity School.
Editorial Board, Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality
Editorial Board, Trinity Journal of Church and Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana.
International Advisory Board, Far North Queensland, Australia Aboriginal Consortium. (Cairns, Australia).
Editorial Board, Unbroken People: The Dalit March to Unbroken Existence, a magazine published by Dalits. (Tumkur, Karnataka, India).
International Advisory Committee, Voices from the Edge, a book series published by the Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, (Delhi, India).
International Advisory Board, Black Theology: An International Journal (Birmingham, England).
At-Large Member, Anglican Theological Review.
Editorial Board, Radical Philosophy, Brown University.
Guest Editor (with extended introduction) of the Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Union Theological Seminary, New York. The entire issue focuses on James H. Cone's Martin & Malcolm & America: A dream or a nightmare? as public theology. Union Seminary Quarterly Review (New York), 48:1-2, 1994.

Guest Co-editor (with introduction and article contributions), Peace Review: The International Quarterly of World Peace. The issue focuses on theology and globalization. Volume 7, number 1, 1995.
Guest Co-editor (with introduction and article contributions), Journal of Hispanic /Latino Theology, May 1996, vol. 3, no. 4.

Research Fellowships and Honors:

Principal, Institute of International Education Grant.

Principal, “Human Culture, Transcendent Meaning: Conversations Between USA and China” grant from the Marty Martin Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School; in dialogue with Renmin University (Beijing).

Principal, Conference on “The Academic Study of Spiritualities and Cultures and Their Relevance for the USA and China” grant from the University of Chicago Beijing Center for a conference at the Center in Beijing, China.

Visiting Professor at Renmin (People’s) University, Beijing, China. (Course on “The History of Western Civilization”).

Visiting Lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Surrey International Institute, Dalian, China (ten lectures on “China and the West: Cross Cultural Communication”).

Visiting Lecturer, Chung Chi College Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Lectures on “The Discipline of Theology”, “The Method of Liberation Theologies”, and “The Gift of Black Theologies,”).

One Year Special Exchange Professor of Theology at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. (Courses on “Being Human”; “Theology & Cultural Studies”; “Black Theology: 1st Generation”; and “Black Theology: 2nd Generation”).
Visiting Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa (Courses on “World Christianities” and “Modern Christian Business Ethics”).

Research Fellow, The East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Visiting Research Scholar, Research Institute on Christianity in South Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Founding Member, Association of African Theologians. Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire (2007 - ).
Visiting Professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary (Course on “Black Theology of Liberation”).

Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

Principal, Ford Foundation Grant for “The International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities” (2009-2013).

Principal, Ford Foundation Grant for “The International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities” (2006-09).

Principal, Ford Foundation Grant for “The International Association on Black Religion” (2005-06).
Co-Principal, “Teaching Theology in a Globalized and Transnational World”. Grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

Co-Principal, “National Conference on Black Theology and Womanist Theology in Dialogue: Which Way Forward for the Academy and the Church?” A Louisville Institute Grant, project of the Lilly Endowment.

Principal, University of Chicago Divinity School national conference on “Black Theology as Public Discourse: From Retrospect to Prospect.”

Co-Principal, University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture’s Mini-Conference on “Faith of A Race: African American Religion and Contemporary U.S. Public Policy.”

Henry Luce III Fellow in Constructive Theology.

Thomas Terry Research Award.

Research Grant, Louisville Institute for the Study of Protestantism and American Culture (a Lilly Endowment program).

Irvine Foundation Term Professorship.

Irvine Foundation Research Grant.

American Academy of Religion Collaborative Research Assistance Grant.

2010 Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by Union Theological Seminary, New York City.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities.

Fund for Theological Education Fellow.



“The Black Church and the Mission for the 21st Century”, in The Black Church Studies Reader, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) eds. Alton B. Pollard III and Carol B. Duncan.

“Christology: The Images of the Divine in USA and South African Black Theology”, in Images of the Divine and Cultural Orientations, (Leipzig, Germany: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2015) eds., Michael Welker and William Schweiker.

“Black Theology Today”, in OFFERINGS, the Journal of the Oblate School of Theology, volume 8, 2015; Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

“Pedagogy For Being Human in Global Comparison”, in Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2015) eds., Kwok Pui Lan, Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, and Dwight N. Hopkins.

“Africa in African American Religious History and Teaching”, in Prophet from the South: Essays in Honour of Allan Aubrey Boesak, (Stellenbosch, South Africa: Sun MeDIA, 2014), eds. Prince Dibeela, Puleng Len-ka Bula, and Vuyani Vellem.

“Foreword: Dancing with the Spirit”, in Sounding The Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice (Boiling Springs, N.C.: A Pair of Docs Publishing, 2013), by J. Alfred Smith, Sr. and Brooks Berndt.

“Resisting Imperial Peace: Theological Reflections” in The Reemergence of Liberation Theologies: Models for the Twenty-First Century (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), ed. Thia Cooper.

“Black Theology Of Slaves – Created To Be Free” in Journal of Subaltern and Cultural Theology, 2013 Inaugural Issue, ed. James Massey, New Delhi, India.

“Race, Religion, and the Race for the White House”, in Ethics That Matter: African, Caribbean, and African American (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012), eds. Marcia Y. Riggs and James Samuel Logan.

“General Introduction”, in The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2012), co-editors Dwight N. Hopkins and Edward P. Antonio (Zimbabwe).

“How Do I See Black Theology of Liberation Today?” in New South African Outlook, Issue 12.1, 2011. (Journal of the University of South Africa. Pretoria, South Africa).

“La liberazione del Popolo a partire dalla prospettiva delle minoranze degli Stati Uniti,” in Per I Molti Cammini Di Dio, vol IV: Teologia Liberatrice Intercontinentale Del Pluralismo Religioso (Villa Verucchio, Italy: Pazzini Stampatore Editore, 2011), eds. J.M. Vigil, L.E. Tomita, and M. Barros.

“Race, Religion, and the Race for the White House,” in The Obama Phenomenon: Toward A Multicultural Democracy (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2011), eds. Charles P. Henry, Robert L. Allen, & Robert Chrisman.

“Confucian Culture and Christian Culture: Peace, Prosperity, and Harmony” translated into Chinese in The Journal of Literature, History, and Philosophy, Shandong University (China), 2011.

“Beyond Black and White: The Hawaiian President,” in The New World Reader: Thinking and Writing About the Global Community, 3rd Edition (Florence, Kentucky: Wadsworth Publishing, 2011), ed. Gilbert H. Muller.

“Saude e cura holistica: racismo ambiental e justica ecologica” in Nosso Planeta, Nossa Vida: Ecologia E Teologia (Sao Paulo, Brazil: Paulinas, 2011), ed. Luis Carlos Susin and Joe Marcal G. Dos Santos.

“United States Christian Theological Education Within Global Realities” in Journal of Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology, vol. 18, October 2010, (published by the Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Society in South Korea).

“Anthropology, Western View”; “Anthropology, African American View”; “Anthropology, European-American View” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2010), ed. Daniel M. Patte.

“Enslaved Black Women, A Theology of Justice, and Reparations” in Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies (New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), ed. Bernadette Brooten.

“The Construction of the Black Male Body: Eroticism and Religion” in Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological and Ethical Reflection (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2010), ed. Kelly Brown Douglas and Marvin M. Ellison.

“Introduction,” in Walk Together Children: black and womanist theologies, church and theological education (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2010), co-editor, Dwight N. Hopkins.

“The Black Church and Its Mission for the Twenty-First Century,” in Walk Together Children: Black and Womanist Theologies, Church and Theological Education (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2010), co-ed., Dwight N. Hopkins. Also found in Revue Theologie Africaine, Eglise et Societes, Number 1 (2012), published by Le Centre de Formation Missionnaire d’Abidjan.

“Black Christian Worship: Theological and Biblical Foundations,” in Another World Is Possible: Spiritualities and Religions of Global Darker Peoples (London, England: Equinox, 2009), ed. Dwight N. Hopkins and Marjorie Lewis (Jamaica).

“Religion and Poverty – Ritual and Empowerment in Africa and the African Diaspora,” (co-author) in Religion and Poverty: Pan-African Perspectives (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2009), ed. Peter J. Paris.

“Theology and Culture,” in Journal for the Study of Christian Culture: Critical Terms in Theology, Institute for the Study of Christian Culture at Renmin (People’s) University in Beijing, China, volume 21, 2009.

“Race, Religion & the Race for the White House,” in the Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs, September/October 2009.

“Obama’s Race and America’s Race Relations,” in The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania: Judson Press, 2009), ed. Marvin A. McMickel.

“W.E.B. Du Bois On God and Jesus,” in The Souls of W. E. B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2009), ed. Edward J. Blum and Jason R. Young.

“Holistic Health & Healing: Environmental Racism & Ecological Justice,” in Currents in Theology and Mission, February 2009, volume 36, number 1.

“Beyond Black and White: The Hawaiian President,” in The Christian Century, February 10, 2009.

“Hope for Tomorrow,” in Resist: Christian Dissent for the 21st Century (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2008).

“Toward A Positive Black Male Heterosexuality”, in The Anglican Theological Review, summer 2008, volume 90, number 3.

“The Wright Neighborhood: Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr”, in Religion in the News, vo. 11, no. 1, spring 2008.

“The Last Testament of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, in Theology Today, v. 65, no. 1, April 2008.

“Theological Basis of Ecclesial Anti-Racist Witness,” in Anglican Theological Review, Winter (February) 2008, volume 90, number 1.

“Response to the Rev. Dr. Maureen Dallison Kemeza’s review of Being Human: race, culture, and religion in Conversations in Religion and Theology, 2007/2 November.

“Theologies in the USA,” in Another Possible World (London: SCM Press, 2007), ed. Marcella Althaus-Reid, Ivan Petrella, and Luiz Carlos Susin.

“Voices of Liberation and Struggle: A Conversation with Dwight N. Hopkins,” in The Other Journal: An Intersection of Theology and Culture, 2007.

“A Dialogue on Black Theology,” in Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2007), ed. David L. Paulsen and Donald W. Musser.

“A Libertacao Do Povo Na Perspectiva Das Minorias Dos Estados Unidos”, in Teologia Pluralista Libertadora Intercontinental, (Sao Paulo, Brasil, 2006), ed. Jose M. Vigil, Luiza E. Tomito, and Marcelo Barros

Teologias En Estados Unidos,” in Teologia Para Otro Mundo Posible (Madrid, Spain: PPC, 2006), ed. Juan Jose Tamayo and Luiz Carlos Susin.

“New Orleans Is America,” in The Sky Is Crying: Race, Class, and Natural Disaster (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006), ed. Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan.

“A Transatlantic Comparison of a Black Theology of Liberation,” in Freedom’s Distant Shores: American Protestants and Post-Colonial Alliances with Africa (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2006), ed. R. Drew Smith.

“Lies Above Suspicion: Being Human in Black Folk Tales – A Black Liberation Theologian Response,” in Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (New York: New York University Press, 2006), ed. Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas.

“La Liberacion del Pueblo desde la perspectiva de las minorias de Estados Unidos,” in Por Los Muchos Caminos De Dios IV: teologia liberadora intercontinental del pluralismo religioso (Quito, Ecuador: Abya Yala; www.abyayala.org, 2006).

“The Basics of Black Theology,” in Frontiers in Dalit Hermeneutics (Bangalore, India: Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College & SATHRI; and Delhi, India: Centre for Dalit/Subaltern Studies, 2005), eds. James Massey and Samson Prabhakar.

“Seeking Justice, Imparting Hope: more progress needed to create diversity among faculty,” in Vocare: the newsletter of the Fund for Theological Education, Fall 2005, v. viii, no. 3

“Black Theology of Liberation,” in The Modern Theologians: an introduction to Christian theology since 1918, 3rd edition (Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishers, 2005), ed. David F. Ford.

“Theologies in the U.S.A.,” in Voices from the Third World, v. 28, n. 1., June 2005. Also found in Theologies and Cultures, volume 2, number 1, June 2005 (Taiwan).

“Preface,” in Blow the Trumpet in Zion: global vision and action for the 21st century black church (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2005), ed. Iva E. Carruthers, Frederick D. Haynes III, and Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

“ Black Theology of Liberation,” in Black Theology: An International Journal, volume 3, number 1, 2005, England.

“Black Theology: The Notion of Culture Revisited,” in The Quest for Liberation and Reconciliation: Essays in Honor of J. Deotis Roberts (Louisville, KY: Westminister John Knox Press, 2005), ed. Michael Battle; Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, November 2005, No. 123; and in Currents in Theology and Mission, volume 31, number 3, June 2004.

“Keeping the Dream Alive,” in I Have A Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. And the Future of Multicultural America (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2004), ed. James Echols.

“Black Theology and Third World Liberation Theologies,” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Spring 2004.

“Foreword,” in Disrupting White Supremacy from Within: White People On What We Need to Do (Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press, 2004), ed. Jennifer Harvey, Karin A. Case, and Robin Hawley Gorsline.

“A Black American Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue,” in Living Stones in the Household of God: the legacy and future of black theology (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2004), ed. L. E. Thomas.

“Black Theology: Origins, Intellectual Terrain, and Future Agenda,” in Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation (St. Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press, 2004), ed. Miguel A. De La Torre.

“Slave Theology in the ‘Invisible Institution’,” in African American Religious Thought: An Anthology (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003), ed. Cornel West and Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

“Preferential Option for the Poor,” in Options for the Margins: Postmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), ed. Joerg Rieger.

“The Thought of the Dreamer,” in Seminary Ridge Review volume 5, number 1, Autumn 2002 (Journal of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg).

“Reinterpretando la Biblia,” in Caminos: Revista Cubana de Pensamiento Socioteologico, no. 21, enero-marzo del 2001, published by the Centro Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Havana, Cuba.

“Black Theology On God: The Divine in Black Folk’s Popular Religion,” in The Ties That Bind: African American and Hispanic- American/Latino Theology in Dialogue (New York: Continuum Publishing Group, 2001), eds. Anthony B. Pinn and Benjamin Valentin.

“Self (Co)Constitution: Slave Theology from Everyday Cultural Elements,” in Converging On Culture: Theologians in Dialogue with Cultural Analysis and Criticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001), eds. Delwin Brown, et al.

“Womanist Theology and Black Theology: Conversational Envisioning of an Unfinished Dream,” co-author, in A Dream Unfinished: Theological Reflections on America from the Margins (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2001), eds. Fernando F. Segovia and Eleazar S. Fernandez.

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