Choi Hee An

Title
Clinical Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Anna Howard Shaw Center
Email
hchoi@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-3059
Education
Ph.D. Chicago Theological Seminary
M.A. United Theological Seminary
M.Div. Graduate School of Theology Hanshin University
B.S. The Catholic University of Korea

The Reverend Dr. Choi, Hee An joined the School of Theology in 2003.  Dr. Choi’s research and teaching focuses on practical theology and gender and cultural studies in the multicultural and post-colonial context of the globalized, modern post-Diaspora era. Her most recent book, A Postcolonial Self: Korean Immigrant Theology and Church (2015, SUNY), analyzes how Korean immigrants form their immigrant identity through the Korean immigrant church, constructing Korean immigrant theology in the complex dynamics of racism, sexism, classism and postcolonialism of the United States of America. She is also the author of Korean Women and God: Experiencing God in a Multi-religious Colonial Context (2005, Orbis) that explores the transforming relationship between images of God and self-images of women in Korean ministerial context. With Katheryn Pfisterer Darr, she is also the co-editor of Engaging the Bible-Critical Reading from Contemporary Women (2006, Fortress).

Dr. Choi has conducted many research projects such as Women and Leadership, Female Clergy Spiritual Growth, Immigrant Church and Women, Women’s Retention Study II, United Methodist Salary Study, Multicultural Pedagogy and others. She has developed several educational and spiritual programs to support clergy, lay leaders, and seminarians for multicultural/immigrant church ministry. Her current teaching is deeply involved with culture, gender and leadership. As an ordained minister in the PCUSA, she has actively engaged with the Korean immigrant church and ministry as well. Dr. Choi has served as Faculty-in-Residence and received the Boston University Residence Life’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2013.

 

Books

A Postcolonial Self: Korean Immigrant Theology and Church, New York: State University of New York Press, 2015

Engaging the Bible: Critical Readings from Contemporary Women. Choi Hee An and Kathe Darr eds., Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006
(Recommended by Comment, Massachusetts Bible Society as one of the Best Religious Books, 2007)

Korean Women and God: Experiencing God in a Multi-Religious Colonial Context. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2005

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Faith-Based Community Support for Korean American Older Adults,” co-authors by Choi Hee An and Eun-Kyoung Othelia Lee, in Social Work and Christianity: An International Journal, Volume 40, Number 4, 2013

“East Asia Literature Korea,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.  Herausgeber: Hans-Josef Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski eds., Volume 7, Berlin, Boston: The Publishing House Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. De Gruyter, 2013

“Sixth Sunday of Easter,” in Preaching God’s Transforming Justice-A Lectionary Commentary, Year B Featuring 22 New Holy Days For Justice. Ronald J Allen, Dale P. Andrews, and Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm eds, Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013

“Sixth Sunday of Easter,” in Preaching God’s Transforming Justice-A Lectionary Commentary, Year A Featuring 22 New Holy Days For Justice. Ronald J Allen, Dale P. Andrews, and Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm eds, Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012

“Sixth Sunday of Easter,” in Preaching God’s Transforming Justice-A Lectionary Commentary, Year C Featuring 22 New Holy Days For Justice. Ronald J Allen, Dale P. Andrews, and Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm eds, Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011 

“Gender, Culture, and the Bible,” in People’s Bible, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, Forthcoming Spring 2008

“The Church and Immigration,” The Progressive Christian, September/October 2008 Issue

“Theology and the Bible,” in Chalice Introduction to Theology, St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, Spring 2008

“Re-Imagining Theological Reflection on God From the Context of Korean Women” Feminist Theology, Vol. 16, Issue 3, May 2008, Sage Publications.

“Minjung Theology,” in The Hope of Liberation in World Religions, Texas: Baylor University Press, Spring 2008

“Transforming Power in the Lives of Women as Surrogates: The Dialogue Between African American and Korean Christian Women,” New York: Union Theological Seminary Quarterly Review, October 2004

Interviews

Interviewed by The Boston Globe (Rich Barlow), “Where Faith and Gender Intersect” April 9, 2005

Newsletter

Editor, Anna Howard Shaw Center Newsletter, Boston University School of Theology, 2003-present