Jonathan Tan

Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies I; Associate Professor

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Jonathan Y. Tan is The Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies I at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Tan is also an affiliated faculty member in the Ethnic Studies program at CWRU in the areas of Asian/Asian American Studies and Chinese/Chinese American Studies. Dr. Tan holds a LL.B. Honours from the National University of Singapore Law School, a M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union, and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

Dr. Tan is the author of Introducing Asian American Theologies (Orbis Books, 2008), which was funded by the Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant for Scholars of Color, 2005 and remains the principal one-volume survey of Asian American Christian theologies. His second book, Christian Mission among the Peoples of Asia (Orbis Books, 2014) has been named by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research as one of 15 outstanding books of 2014 for mission studies. His most recent book, The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC): Bearing Witness to the Gospel and the Reign of God in Asia (Fortress Press, 2021) is a definitive study of the contributions of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) to an emerging contemporary Asian Catholic way of being church and doing theology.

Dr. Tan is also the lead editor of World Christianity: Perspectives and Insights (Orbis Books, 2016), which has been named by the International Bulletin of Mission Research as one of the 10 outstanding books of 2016 for mission studies, and co-editor of Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He is also one the editors, together with Elaine Wei Fun Goh, Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, and Amos Yong of From Malaysia to the Ends of the Earth: Southeast Asian and Diasporic Contributions to Biblical and Theological Studies (Claremont, CA: Claremont Press, 2021).


Dr. Tan’s specialties include:

Asian/Asian American Catholicism
Asian/Asian American Christianity
Asian/Asian American Religion
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Global Catholicism
Interreligious Studies
Liturgical Studies
Migration Studies
Mission Studies
Postcolonial Studies in Religion
Religion, Culture, and Society
World Christianity

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