Faculty Profile

East Asian Studies Faculty

Joseph Kroger, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies

Ph.D. McMaster University
M.A. St. Louis University
B. A. University of Dayton

Areas of Expertise and Scholarly Interests:

Christianity’s encounter and dialogue with other cultures and religions; Christianity in Latin America, specifically Liberation Theology in Central America and Catholic Christianity in Mexico; Mesoamerican culture and religion; Philosophical foundations of Hinduism and Buddhism, Michael Polanyi’s Thought on Science and Religion.

Courses I Teach:

  • Aztec Goddesses and Christian Madonnas of Mexico
  • Buddhist Religious Thought
  • Christianity and World Religions in Dialogue
  • Hindu Religious Thought
  • Liberation Theology
  • Varieties of Christianity

Recent Scholarly Achievements: 

I recently published articles on Liberation Theology, Scientific Method and Theology, and the Encounter of Medieval Catholicism and Aztec religion and culture.  My co-authored book (with art historian Patrizia Granziera of Cuernavaca Mexico), Aztec Goddesses and Christian Madonnas: Images of the Divine Feminine in Mexico, is scheduled for publication by Ashgate Publications in April 2012.

Life Off Campus:

I love to travel. I have lived and taught in Canada and Mexico. I am a fanatic jogger (daily for almost 30 years), a coin collector, and until recently a flyer (with a commercial pilot's license).

Joseph Kroger, professor of religious studies, is co-author of a new book, Aztec Goddesses and Christian Madonnas: Images of the Divine Feminine in Mexico. (publisher: Ashgate, October 2012). The 346-page book includes 32 color and 116 black- and-white illustrations. His collaborator was Patrizia Granziera, an art history specialist at Universidad de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. Joe has a special research interest in Christian theology and the encounter of Christianity with other religions and cultures. He taught for three years as Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Literature at the University of the Americas (UDLA) in Puebla Mexico, and has published articles on liberation theology and the indigenous religious traditions of Guatemala and Mexico. Granziera's research focuses on the iconography of gardens and landscapes in Europe and Mexico and on the relationship of the Virgin Mary and Pre-Hispanic goddesses to nature and the environment. A reviewer, Terrence W. Tilley of Fordham University, wrote: "This book insightfully places the myths and images of goddesses and madonnas in their cultural contexts. We are in the authors' debt for assembling these scattered pieces so we might imagine a complex tapestry."

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