Director, Dana L. Robert

Dr. Robert is Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Her research and teaching interests span mission history, World Christianity, and mission theology. An Editor of the journal Church History, during 2016-17 she was a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Missiology. Her books include Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community (2019); African Christian Biography: Stories, Lives, and Challenges (2018); Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity (2010); Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (2009, now in its twelfth printing); Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (2008); Christianity: A Social and Cultural History (co-author, 1997), and the now classic American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (1997). She wrote Joy to the World! for the 2010-2011 summer schools of mission for The United Methodist Church. She is on the Editorial Committee for the award-winning digital humanities project Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and the Journal of African Christian Biography. An active lay United Methodist, in 2019 she spoke at the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women. In addition to STH, she is a faculty member in African Studies and the Graduate Division of Religious Studies. Robert received her BA from Louisiana State University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.


“The Discourse of World Christianity and Its Relationship to Mission Studies, 1910 to Present,” conference keynote address, “Global Christianities: Perspectives, Methods, and Challenges,” University of Chicago Divinity School, October 2019.

“Faithful Friendships in World Christianity,” keynote chapel address, and “Friendships and Faith,” afternoon lunch address and question & answer session, Global Mission Week, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, October 2019.

“Naming ‘World Christianity’: The Yale-Edinburgh Conference in Historical Perspective,” Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission, Yale Divinity School, June 2019.

Featured lecture, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Annual Meeting 2019.

Sprunt Lecture Series, “Cross-Cultural Friendship and Christian Mission: History and Practices,” Union Theological Seminary, 2017.

PBS video “Reverse Missionaries,” discussing Nigerian Christians in the United States, featuring Dana Robert, as well as an extended interview, January 2010.

Associate Director,
Daryl Ireland

sthtm909_irelandDaryl Ireland focuses on the history of Christianity and mission in Asia, as well as the intersection of International Development and Faith. His study of 宋尚節 (John Sung), a Chinese revivalist whose itinerant ministry renewed the spiritual life of tens of thousands in the 1930s, has prompted him to write more broadly about revitalization movements, the role of women in revivalism, and religious conversion. Currently, he is leading a Digital Humanities project that explores Chinese propaganda posters. During the Republican Era in China (1911-1949), Nationalists, Communists, and Christians all used posters to convert people’s imagination, to visualize for them the good life and what was keeping them from achieving it. In so doing, the posters become a graphic depiction of the contested nature of what China’s national salvation meant in the first half of the twentieth century. Email:

DACB Associate Director, Michele Sigg

Sigg-M-headshotMichèle Sigg is the Associate Director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography ( and Managing Editor of the Journal of African Christian Biography, available online at Her research focuses on African and European Christian history, women in world Christianity, and renewal movements. Her dissertation examined the work of women in nineteenth century French Protestant missions and their pioneering contributions to the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society in the Lesotho Mission. Her master’s thesis was a study of the role of women in an indigenous revival movement in Madagascar known as the Fifohazana. The DACB, founded in 1995, is an international collaborative digital project documenting the history of Christianity in Africa. The over 2,500 biographies currently on the site represent only a fraction of the leading figures of African Christianity. Among these, women are underrepresented even though they make up the majority of church membership. Email: