Research Highlights

Research Highlights

The Seminary's grant research profile has grown while focusing on a number of strategically important fields of study. Use the interactive directory below to learn more about research projects.

Stories of Faith, Resilience, and Politics: First-Generation East Asian American Christians

- December 2022


This project centers the faith, resilience, and politics of first-generation Asian American Christians in order to broaden our theological imagination and understanding of Asian American religious and political participation in the U.S. The majority of Asians in America are foreign-born. Yet in many of the studies of Asian American Christianity, the faith and practice of these first-generation Asian Americans are subordinated to their more assimilated, second, third, and fourth generation counterparts. How should we understand the faith, practice, and politics of first-generation Asian Americans? This oral history project will consist of 50-60 interviews of first-generation East Asian American Christian immigrants in their native language, spotlighting their unique religious experiences and political orientations.


David Chao, director of the Center for Asian American Christianity
Easten Law, assistant director for academic programs for the Overseas Ministries Study Center


Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

- January 2021


In collaboration with Calvin University, Professor Afe Adogame is leading a project to support African theologians to engage in fresh social scientific integrated approaches in grounded theology, with the goal of producing creative and original projects. This project is an attempt at realizing the potential of theological creativity from the bottom up, as opposed to the top down. The work will include early career African theologians with compelling research ideas to work on three years of research and curricular development.

Afe Adogame, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society


Modernization, Megachurches and the Urban Face of Christianity in the Global South

- January 2020


In collaboration with Canisius College, Professor Afe Adogame is helping to conduct the first comprehensive, comparative, and empirical study of huge megachurches in the global south with congregations of over 15,000 members each. The project focuses on churches in 10 countries — Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Korea. Seven Regional Project Leaders (RPL), each having a sub-grant from Canisius, will form research teams and focus on specific areas.

Afe Adogame, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society


Translation of Karl Barth’s Lectures and Essays (1905 – 1921)

- January 2019


Professor Emeritus Darrell Guder is directing a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The result will be a translation providing an authoritative English edition of the first three volumes of Karl Barth’s Lectures and Essays (1905 – 1921).


Darrell Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology Emeritus

David Chao, Director of the Center for Asian American Christianity

Kait Dugan, Managing Director, Barth Center


Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Director of Development, Best Buddies Michigan

Lindsay Clark, Class of 2018

“Trenton Psych was a fantastic place to work and learn, a seminal part of my Seminary experience and the most important thing I did at Princeton.”