Academic Staff

The activities of the Centre are supported by several academic staff. Between them, they offer a rich variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of World Christianity. The academic staff at the Centre teach and direct the MTh courses and supervise PhD in World Christianity.

Core Staff

Prof. Brian Stanley (Director)Prof. Brian Stanley (Director) read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and stayed on in Cambridge for his PhD on the place of missionary enthusiasm in Victorian religion. He has taught in theological colleges and universities in London, Bristol, and Cambridge, and joined the University of Edinburgh in January 2009. Brian has written or edited eight books and numerous articles, mostly in the field of the history of Christian missions.
Dr Alexander ChowDr Alexander Chow completed his PhD in theology at the University of Birmingham and a postdoctoral fellowship at Renmin University of China, and joined the University of Edinburgh in September 2013. Alex’s research interests are in East Asian Christian theology and has published two monographs on Chinese Christian theology.
Dr Emma Wild-WoodDr Emma Wild-Wood completed her PhD in the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh under Dr Jack Thompson. She taught in Bunia in DR Congo and in Uganda for a number of years. Before coming back to Edinburgh, Emma was the Director of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide and Lecturer in World Christianities in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge.

The Centre often calls upon the wide expertise of its associates in the University and its honorary staff members, each of whom add to the life and needs of our research and teaching community.


Prof. Stewart J. BrownProf. Stewart J. Brown was educated at the University of Illinois, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Chicago, Stewart Brown taught at Northwestern University and the University of Georgia before being appointed to the Chair of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Edinburgh in 1987. His research interests involve the history of Western Christianity from the mid seventeenth century to the present, including the history of the institutional churches, popular religion, and historical theology.
Prof. Joachim GentzProf. Joachim Gentz was Juniorprofessor in Religious Studies in Göttingen and is now Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religions at the Asian Studies Department of the University of Edinburgh with a main research focus on Chinese history of thought. He has published on early Confucian commentarial traditions, Chinese ritual and divination, Chinese inter-religious discourses, early Chinese forms of argumentation, Chinese visual traditions, modern Chinese religious policy and Cultural Studies theory in both German and English.
Dr Liz GrantDr Liz Grant is the Director of the Global Health Academy and Assistant Principal for Global Health. Liz is also a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development in the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and co-directs the online Masters in Family Medicine, the MSc in Global Health Non communicable diseases, and the MSc Global eHealth.
Dr Naomi HaynesDr Naomi Haynes is a social anthropologist working at the intersection of religion and political economy. Her research to date has examined Pentecostal Christianity in urban Zambia. Naomi’s research is about cultural values, religious economies, and the way that religion shapes people and social relationships.
Dr Joshua RalstonDr Joshua Ralston is concerned with the theological, ethical, legal-political, and scriptural encounters between Christians and Muslims across the centuries. His research interests include Christian theological views of Islam, Arab Christianity, the Palestine-Israel Conflict, Christian-Muslim Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and migration and global Christianity.

Honorary Staff