The Centre for the Study of World Christianity offers supervised research degrees at the Masters and PhD levels. For more information, please see the University website.
The Centre attracts a diverse body of students from many different countries and religious traditions. Our students come from Cameroon, China, India, Iran, South Korea, Nigeria, the Philippines, the USA, and, of course, the UK.
Selection of Current PhD Students
Andrew Ong (USA)
My research analyses the various concerns and theological conversations that have arisen amongst contemporary Chinese American evangelicals. It further considers the merits of Amos Yong’s Pentecostalism as a resource for Chinese American evangelicals, before arguing for the merits of Neo-Calvinism as a possible complementary or supplementary resource for engaging in a contextualised Chinese American evangelical theology.
|Sara Afshari (Iran)
I investigate the interactions and negotiations between practices of meaning making and mediation, and the process of faith transformation in the area of Reception Theory against the background of the sociology of religion in contemporary Iran, involving 200 narrated stories from Farsi Christian satellite TV channels. I investigate the motivation of the audience who have become Christian and examine other factors that influenced their interpretation of religious messages and their process of making decisions in changing or adding to their belief system.
|Amos Bongadu Chewachong (Cameroon)
My research is on religious transnationalism and the intra-Africa Diaspora. I am investigating the transnationalisation of The Living Faith Church worldwide (aka Winner’s Chapel) and its proliferation dynamics, within the multiple and diverse cultural contexts of Cameroon. I am also interested in the loyalties and contestations that may exist between the immigrant religious group, existing host religious groups, and the host nation-state in the context of mission.
|Stephen Donoho (USA)
My main research interest is the history of English-language writing about East Asia, ‘Formosa’ (Taiwan) in particular. My PhD thesis contrasts the way that Presbyterian missionaries in early Japanese-ruled Taiwan portrayed the anti-Japanese insurgency in two of their periodicals, the Monthly Messenger of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Tâi-lâm-hú-siâⁿ Kàu-hōe-pò.
|Wilson McMahon (Northern Ireland, UK)
The location of my research is the southern Philippine island of Mindanao and my research thesis is an analysis of how the Bible is conceptualized and interpreted by Manobo Christians.
|Dhinakaran R. J. Prasad Phillips (India)
My research evaluates contemporary Protestant mission to children at risk (CAR) in south India and develops foundations and principles for future Christian practice with CAR. I am interested in identifying existing Protestant mission models and their underlying motivations to CAR, and theologically evaluating their possible intersections between the ideas of ‘saving’ CAR and protecting the rights of CAR.
|Daniel Qin (China)
My research is on the theological evolution of contemporary Chinese Protestant Christianity. It consists of case studies on selected church figures’ theologies, and the social context as the background will be investigated. The research aims to explore selected church figures’ dominant theological concerns over time and to what extent and in what ways have they addressed the contemporary social context.
|Allie Schwarr (UK)
My research investigates the origins and increase of cultural diversity in a historic, international, evangelical mission agency, SIM, focusing on the issues and challenges of this diversity, and seeking to measure the extent to which increased cultural diversity has become a source of strength as the organisation has responded to these challenges. My research will consider to what extent SIM’s pursuit of an ethos of diversity was innovative, and in what ways this was representative of existing trends.
|Hoon Song (South Korea)
My research is on forgiveness and reconciliation in post-war Korea. It consists of a critical analysis of two different theological approaches of South Korean Protestant churches toward the unification of Korea (c. 1972-2010) and an investigation into an alternative and constructive theology toward peace and reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, borrowing theological and therapeutic ideas pertaining to healing memories and forgiveness. This study, I hope, would constitute a small step made by Christians of the world towards peacebuilding in Northeast Asia.
Selection of recently completed PhDs
- Christopher Sabanal (2016), ‘Emerging Critical Social Awareness in Evangelical Theological Pilgrimages in the Philippines’
- David C. Kirkpattrick (2015), ‘C. René Padilla: Integral Mission and the Reshaping of Global Evangelicalism’
- Corey L. Williams (2015), ‘Interreligious Encounter in a West African City: A Study of Multiple Religious Belonging and Identity Among the Yorùbá of Ogbómòsó, Nigeria’
- Eric L. Williams (2015), ‘More than tongues can tell: significations in Black Pentecostal thought’
- Andrew Kaiser (2015), ‘Encountering China: the evolution of Timothy Richard’s missionary thought (1870-1891)’
- Michael Perry Tettey (2014), ‘Pentecostalism and Empowerment: A Study of the Church of Pentecost and International Central Gospel Church’
- Kofi Asare (2013), ‘Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity in Films in Ghana and the UK’
- Jaekeun Lee (2013), ‘The formation of Presbyterianism in Honam, Korea, 1892-1940’
- Marina Xiaojing Wang (2013), ‘Cheng Jingyi and the Church of Christ in China’
- Israel Adelani Akanji (2011), ‘Conflict Transformation in Northern Nigeria’
- Daniel Sung Ho Ahn (2011), ‘Term question in Korea 1882-1911’
- Elijah Oko Obinna (2011), ‘Christianity and the Ogo society in Amasiri, Nigeria’
- Thomas Winfield Higgins (2010), ‘Prophet, Priest, King in Colonial Africa’
- Mark Thomas Bowie Laing (2010), ‘Leslie Newbigin and the WCC’