Visiting Researchers

The Center for Global Christianity & Mission provides an academic affiliation for visiting researchers who work on their projects and participate in the activities of the Center.

Jesudas Matthew Athyal

Athyal Jesudas portrait

PhD – Philosophy, University of Poona
MA – Philosophy, University of Kerala
BA – Philosophy, with minors in Sociology & Political Science, University of Kerala

Jesudas Athyal has several years of teaching and research experience in the area of Christian mission in pluralist contexts. He specializes in religion and society studies of South Asia and is a member of the Mar Thoma Church (Reformed Indian Church in communion with the Anglican fellowship)…(more)


Catherine Corman

Cathy Corman

PhD – with distinction, Program in American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Dissertation: “Reading, Writing, and Removal: Native American Literacies, 1824-1835,” 1998
BA – English, cum laude, Pomona College, Claremont, CA., 1984

Cathy Corman is completing In the Midst, a multimedia project focusing on the life and work of nonagenarian Barbara Beach Alter. Alter and her husband James spent much of their adult lives as American Presbyterian missionaries in north India. Steeped in the principles of the New England Student Christian Movement, Alter and her circle never converted anyone — on purpose.  … (more)


Kapya John Kaoma

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ThD – Boston University, 2010
MA – University of Bristol, 1998
BTh – Theological College of Central Africa, 1997

Dr. Kapya John Kaoma has written and spoken about subjects in mission history, the Anglican communion, gender and African culture, and eco-social justice … (more)


Rodney L. Petersen

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PhD – Princeton Theological Seminary (1985)
ThM – Harvard Divinity School (1976)
MDiv – Harvard Divinity School (1974)
BA – Harvard University (1971)

As Visiting Researcher, Center for the Study of Global Christianity and Mission, Dr. Petersen’s  research  projects focus on, 1) work with an international team studying religion and the Cold War, 2) issues of Just Peace and global security, and 3) the history of the use of the Apocalypse in church rhetoric. … (more)


David W. Restrick

Dave RestrickThD – (Church History & Missions), Boston University, 2001
STM – Boston University, 1990
MDiv – Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1982
BS – Eastern Nazarene College, 1973

David Restrick worked for almost three decades as a missionary in Southern Africa. He is currently working with the Dictionary of African Christian Biography to make more of the materials available in Portuguese. … (more)


B. J. Stiles

B.J. Stiles. Photo by John Pull.

MDiv – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
BA – Texas Wesleyan

Rev. Stiles was the award-winning editor of motive, the magazine of the Methodist Student Movement, known for its bold use of art, poetry, theological reflection, and political commentary, during the tumultuous 1960s. Stiles pushed and prodded his readers and others to stay abreast of the cataclysmic cultural changes of that era. … (more)


Zhongxin Wang


ThD  – Church History and Liturgy, Boston University School of Theology, 2000
MA – Modern History of China, Peking University, 1986
BA – International Politics, Peking University, 1984

Dr. Zhongxin Wang is an accomplished scholar of Christianity in China.  He has lectured widely in both the United States and China, and has published extensively on the topic of Chinese culture and Christianity … (more)