Rev. Paul V. Kollman, CSC, is Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at the Unversity of Notre Dame. Kollman serves in the areas of history of Christianity and World Religions/World Church.  His research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, as well as in archives in Europe and the US. He has also taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and the Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, and was previously a fellow of the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame and a Lilly Fellow for Theological Education at the University of Chicago.

Thematic Interests

Christianity in Africa; history of Christian missions; inter-religious dialogue; world Christianity

Current Research

History of Christianity in eastern Africa; Christianity in Africa; Benedict XVI and Mission.


Journal Articles

“Generations of Catholics in Eastern Africa: A Practice-Centered Analysis of Religious Change,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51, 3 (2012)
"Analyzing Emerging Christianities: Recent Insights From the Social Sciences" Transformations, 29, 4 (2012)
"The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Africa Today: Some Preliminary Observations" Geestkracht: Bulletin voor charismatische theologie 70 (2012)
"The Promise of Mission History for US Catholic History" US Catholic Historian 24 (2006)

Book Chapters

"Africanizing Christianity: Cross-Cultural History and Conceptual Ways Forward" in M. Rozbicki and G. Ndege eds., Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012)
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • President, International Association of Mission Studies, 2016-2020

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