Dana L. Robert

Faculty Associate
Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission
drobdan@bu.edu
(617) 353-3064

Education

BA, Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Yale University


Biography

Dana 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 is 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 African Christian Biography: Stories, Lives, and Challenges (editor, forthcoming 2018); Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), now in its ninth printing; Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914 (editor, Eerdmans 2008); Christianity: A Social and Cultural History (co-author, Prentice-Hall 2nd ed. 1997), and the now classic American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (Mercer University, 1997). She wrote the book Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity for the 2010-2011 summer schools of mission for The United Methodist Church. She is on the Editorial Committee for the digital humanities project Dictionary of African Christian Biography(www.dacb.org) and the Journal of African Christian Biography. 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.