Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C.
Leo and Arlene Hawk Director of the Center for Social Concerns
Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., became the third director of the Center for Social Concerns in July 2012.
Father Kollman is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and is a Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In the spring of 2011, Father Kollman was mission scholar-in-residence for the Church Mission Society in Oxford, UK and in spring 2012 he served as a visiting lecturer at Tangaza College, Nairobi. Previously he has taught at Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre in Jinja, Uganda, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Kollman has worked with the Center for Social Concerns since 2004, assisting with the academic and theological content of the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) and has served as a member of the Center’s theology working group.
Kollman’s research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, and he has carried out research in eastern Africa, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as in archives in Europe and the United States. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of journals in theology, religious studies, and African studies, including The Journal of Religion in Africa, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Theological Studies, The International Bulletin of Missionary Research, The Journal of Religion, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, African Studies, The International Journal of African Historical Studies, The Journal of African History, and Mission Studies. In 2005 he published The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa and his current project is a book on the Catholic missionary evangelization of eastern Africa. He is also engaged in a long-term study of the Catholic Charismatic Movement in Africa.
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The directorship of the Center for Social Concerns was endowed by Leo and Arlene Hawk, of Lima, Ohio. The Hawks have been members of the Institute for Church Life Advisory Council since 1980. Their family foundation assists child development and educational initiatives in the United States, Italy, Africa, and Chile.