David C. Chao

Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Theology

David C. Chao
15 Mackay Campus Center

Phone: 609.497.7884


David C. Chao is Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has degrees from Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He teaches Asian and Asian American theologies with special attention to the problems of colonialism and race. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association of Asian American Studies. His research and writing focus on Asian American theology, the uses of Christian doctrine for liberation, the theology of Karl Barth, and the convergence and divergence of Protestant and Catholic dogmatics. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Select Publications

  • “East Asian Theology” in T&T Clark Handbook of Modern Theology (under contract)
  • “Marginality, Race, and Power in Asian American Theology: Describing Racial Domination” (under review)
  • Concursus and Concept Use: Nature, Grace, and Norms in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Providence (under review)
  • “Barth on Creation.” In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth, edited by George Hunsinger and Keith L. Johnson. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.
  • Grant Co-Author and Project Co-Manager, “The Lectures and Essays of Karl Barth, 1905-1921,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2019-2021, $300,000.

    Educating faithful Christian leaders.

    Chaplain at the Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

    Khristi Adams, Class of 2008

    “At Princeton, we had precept groups—we’d engage text and debate. That gave me confidence to have those conversations anywhere.”