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Hans Gustafson

Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies; Adjunct Faculty

Diversity Leadership
Holocaust & Genocide Studies

  • Education
  • PhD, Religion
    MA, Philosophy
    MA, Theology
    BA, Philosophy and Theology

  • Expertise
  • Interreligious Studies, Study of Religion(s), Theology

  • Research Interests
  • Lived interreligious relations, religious identity, leadership, approaches to religious diversity, methods of dialogue

Hans Gustafson is Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology, where he teaches courses in the areas of (inter)religious studies and theology.

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" An Emerging Phonetic Framework in Interfaith and Interreligious Studies Courses in the United States: A Response to Jones and Meyer," Journal of Interreligious Studies 36 (2022): 64-74.

"Sparring with Spider Silk: Models for the Relationship between Interreligious Studies and the Interfaith Movement," Georgetown Companion to Interreligious Studies, edited by Luconda Mosher, 32-40 (Goergetown University Press, 2021).

"Interreligious Studies and Personal Changemaking Pedagogy for Leadership and the Common God: The My Story Assignment" Teaching Theology & Religion 24 (2021), 42-48; DOI: 10.1111/teth.12572.

"Defining the Academic Field of Interreligious Studies." Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, 4, no. 2 (2020), 131-54,https://https://doi.org/10.1558/isit38613.

“Vitality of Lived Religion Approaches,” in Interreligious Studies: Dispatches from an Emerging Field, edited by Hans Gustafson, pp. 91-97 (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2020).

2020: co-authored with Elinor Pierce, “Interreligious Encounter and Civic Leadership in Spaces of Commerce and Transportation,” a learning module for Under-told Stories, a journalism project focused on consequences of poverty and the work of change agents addressing them with Fred de Sam Lazaro and PBS Newshour;https://https://s3-us-east-2.amazonaws.com/video.undertoldstories.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/14153445/InterreligiousEncounter_PDF.pdf.

Editor, Interreligious Studies: Dispatches from a Field (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2020)
editor, "Learning from Other Religious Traditions: Leaving Room for Holy Envy" (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

"Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously"(Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015).

“Pansacramentalism, Interreligious Theology, and Lived Religion” in Religions 10, no. 7(2019): 408; Special Issue on Sacramental Theology: Theory and Practice from Multiple Perspective, edited by Bruce Morrill .

“The Silent Witness of Intuition: Pansacramentality, Interreligious Encounter, and a Fractal Interpretation of Religious Diversity” in Incarnation, Prophecy, Enlightenment: Perry Schmidt-Leukel's Fractal Interpretation of Religious Diversity, edited by Paul Knitter and Alan Race (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019).

“Suppressing the Mosquitoes’ Coughs: An Introduction to Holy Envy,” in Learning from Other Religions: Leaving Room for Holy Envy, edited by Hans Gustafson (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

“Interreligious Community Engagement and Service-Learning in Higher Education: Pedagogical Considerations,” in Intersections: Faith, Church, and the Academy, eds., Mark E. Hanshaw and Timothy S. Moore (Nashville, TN: United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2018).

“Growing Beyond the Families of Abraham: Enlarging the Interfaith Tent (Part 1), Welcoming Marginalized Traditions (Part 2), Sharing the Burden (Part 3),” TheInterfaithObserver.org, May, June, Aug, 2018.

“A Primer on Teaching Interreligious Encounter and Undergraduate Course Design,” in Teaching Interreligious Encounters, edited by Marc A. Pugliese and Alexander Y. Hwang, American Academy of Religion’s series on Teaching Religious Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).

“Is Transreligious Theology Unavoidable in Interreligious Theology and Dialogue?” Open Theology (2016); 2: 248-260.

“Interreligious Wherewithal: Cultivating a Leadership Virtue,” StateofFormation.com (Nov. 16. 2017)

“Descandalizing Multiple Religious Identity with Help from Nicholas Black Elk and His Spirituality: An Exercise in Interreligious Learning,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 51, issue 1 (Winter 2016), 80-113.

“Interreligious and Interfaith Studies in Relation to Religious Studies and Theological Studies” on StateofFormation.com, Jan. 6, 2015.

“Vexation and Promise in the New Testament: Experience of God for non-Christians,” in Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A North American Response to A Common Word between Us and You, Nathan R. Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq, eds. (Rochester, NY: Nazareth College, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, 2014), 256-269.

“Sacramental Spirituality in The Brothers Karamazov and Wendell Berry’s Port William Characters,” Literature and Theology 27.3 (Sept., 2013) 345-63.

“Place, Spiritual Anthropology, and Sacramentality in Merton’s Later Years,” in The Merton Annual: Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns, Volume 25, David Belcastro and Joseph Raab, eds. (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2013), 74-90.

“Collapsing the Sacred and the Profane: Pan-Sacramental Possibilities in Aquinas and the Implications for Spirituality.”The Heythrop Journal (Wiley-Blackwell), 2011.
“Substance Beyond Illusion: The Spirituality of Bede Griffiths,” The Way, 47.3 (July 2008), 31-48.