Kurt Buhring

Faculty Profiles

Kurt Buhring

Associate Professor
Religious Studies
57 Spes Unica Hall, Rm 156 E



PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Grinnell College

Research Interests 

  • Black liberation theology
  • Jewish theology
  • Religion and politics
  • Religion and science
  • Interreligious dialogue

Courses Recently Taught 

  • RLST 101: Introducing religious studies
  • RLST 236: Faith in action
  • RLST 355: African-American theologies
  • RLST 381: Islam

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Conceptions of God, Freedom, and Ethics in African American and Jewish Theology.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • "Day and Niebuhr on the Great Depression." In edited anthology of papers from Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present and Future, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, 2015.
  • “The Spirit of Resistance: Dwight N. Hopkins’s Trinitarian Framework.” Black Theology: An International Journal, 10.2 (2012): 184-194.
  • “Toward a Theology of Resistance: Dwight N. Hopkins’ Spirit of Total Liberation in Us and Melissa Raphael’s Shekhinah as Sources for Constructive Theology.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2008.
  • “Pedagogical Reflections on the Virtues of Dialogue.” Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, November 2005.
  • "Film as a Source for Constructive Theology: Conceptions of Human Nature in the Films of Martin Scorsese.” American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2002.

Professional Memberships 

American Academy of Religion