Keun-Joo Christine Pae

Keun-Joo Christine Pae

Associate Professor & Chair (Religion)
Position Type 
2008 - Present
All Affiliations 



Dr. K. Christine Pae joined the faculty at the Department of Religion in Fall 2008. Since then, she has taught religious ethics, Christian social ethics, and transnational feminist ethics for both the Department of Religion and the Women’s Studies Program. As a Christian feminist ethicist, Christine’s academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with focus on intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American perspectives on post-colonial racial relations. Currently Christine is working on her manuscript, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace. She has published and presented several essays concerning war, women, Asian American Christianity, and religious ethics. As a co-convener, she serves the Asian American Ethics Working Group at the Society of Christian Ethics (2011-2013).

B.Ed., Seoul National University of Education, Seoul; M.Th., Yonsei University, Seoul; M.Div., Yale University, M.Phil, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in NYC

Learning & Teaching


REL 300 Senior Seminar: Ethics of Peace and War

REL 327/ WMST 327 Woman and Social Ethics in the Global Context

REL 340-01/ WMST 350/ QS 280 Ethics of Sex

REL 224: Christian Social Ethics

REL 227/ WMST 227: Women’s Spiritual Activism

REL 203: Asian Religions in the United States

REL 102: Ethics, Society, and the Moral Self

Academic Positions 


Associate Professor of Religion/Ethics

Denison University, Department of Religion and Women’s and Gender Studies


Assistant Professor of Religion/Ethics

Denison University, Department of Religion, Granville, OH


Teaching and Research fellow

New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York


Teaching fellow

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York



Journal Articles and Book Chapters

A Politics of Empathy: Christianity and Women’s Peace Activism in Korea” in Women and Asian Religions. Edited by Zayn Kassam. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2016. Forthcoming.

Faith-Based Popular Resistance to the Naval Base at Gangjeong of Jeju: Transforming the U.S.—Korea Relations for Peace and Justice” in Critical Theology against U.S. Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2016. Forthcoming.  

Peace and War” in Ethics: Asian American Perspectives, 85—107. Edited by Grace Kao and Ilsup Ahn. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2015.  

Feminist Activism as Interfaith Dialogue: A Lesson from Gangjeong Village of Jeju, Korea” in Journal of Korean Religions 5.1 (2014): 55-69.

The United States as a Responsible Member of the Global Community: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness When Militarized Prostitution Matters” in Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Twenty First Century United States. Edited by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Mary Fulkerson, and Rosemary Carbine, 37—50. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2013. 

Minjung Theology and Transnational Militarism,” in Reading Minjung Theology in the Twenty-First Century: Selected Writings by Ahn Byung-Mu and Modern Critical Responses. Edited by Yung Suk Kim and Jin-Ho Kim, 164—183. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers. 

 “Asian Liberative Ethics” in Ethics: A Liberative Approach. Edited by Miguel De La Torre, 47—65. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013.

Negotiating or Negotiated Space?: Korean American Churches and Flushing, the Queens of New York City” in Ecologies of Faith in New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions.  Edited by Nadia Mian, Richard Cimino, and Wei-Shan Huang, 81—101.  Indiana University Press, 2012.

Peace Be with Your Body and Spirit” in Terrorism, Religion, and Global Peace: From Concepts to Praxis. Edited by Karikottuchira Kuriakose, 255—70.  Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2012.

Rethinking Masculinized Sin: Critical Dialogue between Saiving and Niebuhr from an Asian Anti-Military Feminist Perspective.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 28.1 (2012): 115-21.

The Hybridized Public Sphere: Asian American Christian Ethics, Social Justice, and Public Discourse.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. 32.1 (2012): 93-114. (Co-wrote with James McCarty III)

A Solidary-Talk among Women of Color: Creating the “We” Category,” in Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. Edited by Kate Ott and Melanie Harris, 73—88.  New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2011.

Western Princesses—A Missing Story: A Christian Feminist Ethical Analysis of U.S. Military Prostitution in South Korea” in Journal of Society of Christian Ethics 29 (2009): 121—39.

Negotiated or Negotiating Spaces: Korean Churches in Flushing, Queens of New York City.” Cross Currents: Religious Communities and Global Cities 58. 4 (2008): 456-74.

We Are Asian and Asian-American Women – Generation X: A Post- Colonial Feminist Liturgy in North America.” New and Borrowed Rites: Liturgy 23. 1(2007): 65—69.

Allergy: Killing the Other vs. God: Liberating the Other – A Theological Reflection toward Liberation of the Korean Military Wives” Doing Theology from Korean Women’s Perspectives: Ewha Journal of Feminist Theology 4 (2006)


Nov. 2013

Religion and Popular Resistance in Gangjeong Village of Jeju, Korea”

Panel: Critical Christian Studies of the United States’ Imperialist Militarism from Asian/Asian

North American Perspectives, The Theology and Religious Reflection Section, American

Academy of Religion (Baltimore, MD)

Mar. 2013

For the Remembrance of Me: Resistance of Political Forgetfulness”

Plenary Panel at Pacific Asian North Asian American Women in Theology and Ministry

Northwestern University—Garrett Evangelical Seminary (Evanston, IL)

Jan. 2013

A Framework for Asian/Asian-American Liberative Ethics” and “ Solidarity between

Mujeristas and Asian Feminist Ethicists”

Society of Christian Ethics (Chicago, IL)

Nov. 2012

Prostituted Bodies, Desired Bodies: An Inferiority Complex in the Clash between

Religions and Masculinities”

The Religion and Social Sciences Section, American Academy of Religion (Chicago, IL)

Buddhist-Christian Interfaith Social Activism in Ganjeong Village of Jeju Island”

American Academy of Religion, Korean Religions Session (Chicago, IL)

Jan. 2012

Sexual Ethics and Global Peacemaking: A Case Study of Militarized Prostitution”

Society of Christian Ethics, Interest Group of Sexual Ethics and LGBTQ Issues

(Washington, D. C.)

Nov. 2011

Transnational Feminist Theo-Ethical Reflection on Peacemaking: When Military

Prostitution Matters”

The Religions, Social Conflicts, and Peace Group, American Academy of Religion

(San Francisco, CA)

Aug. 2011

Just Peacemaking from a Christian Feminist Perspective”

Asian Theology of Life for Peace and Justice (Seoul, Korea)

Mar. 2011

Transnational Migration and Limited Citizenship: A Korean Feminist Analysis”

Plenary Panel at Pacific Asian and Asian North American Women in Theology and Ministry

Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA)

Jan. 2011

Unavoidable Burden of Race: (Under)represented Asian/ Asian American in the Public

Ethical Discourse” (Co-Presented with James McCarthy [Emory University])

Society of Christian Ethics (New Orleans, LA)

Nov. 2010

A Solidarity-Talk among Women of Color: Searching for a Liberative Feminist

Methodology of Christian Ethics”

American Academy of Religion, Ethics Section (Atlanta, GA)

Nov. 2010

Feminist Interfaith Spiritual Activism Countering Transnationalized Militarism:

Empathetic Power of Suffering in Dorothee Soelle and Sister Chan Khong”

American Academy of Religion, Women and Religion Session (Atlanta, GA)

Oct. 2010

“From Forgetfulness to the Spirit of Courage: Korean Women's Story-telling of Sexual

Slavery during the Time of War”

Oral History Association (Atlanta, GA)

April 2010

Panelist, “America, the 21st Century’s Empire?”

Peace for Life: World without Empire International Conference (New York, NY)

Mar. 2010

Workshop on “Feminist Spiritual Activism”

Pacific Asian North Asian American Women in Theology and Ministry

(Cambridge, MA)

Feb. 2010

Western Princesses in the Borderlands: Searching for Transnational Solidarity

Countering Globalized Militarism”

The 44th Wooster Spring Academy of Religion 2010, The College of Wooster

(Wooster, OH)

Aug. 2009

Space Formation: Korean American Churches in Flushing, Queens of New York City”

Asian Pacific American Religious Research Initiatives (Claremont, CA)

Jan. 2009

Western Princess in the Borderland: Making a Christian Feminist Ethic in the Age of

Globalized Militarism”

Society of Christian Ethics, (Chicago, IL)

Nov. 2008

Political Theology and Theology of Sex in Globalized Militarism: U.S. Overseas

Militarism and Military Prostitution in the Time of War”

American Academy of Religion, The Theological and the Political Group (Chicago, IL)

July 2008

Creating a Culturally and Religiously Safe Space: Korean Enclave in Flushing, Queens

of New York City”

Association for Sociology of Religion, Religion and Immigration Session (Boston, MA)

April 2008

What Does Africa Mean to Me?: African and Asian Women’s Experiences of War and


Workshop at Center for World Christianity, New York Theological Seminary (New York, NY)

Nov. 2007

Making a Post-Colonial Christian Social Ethic in the Clash of Masculinities: Women’s

Migration and Military Prostitution in South Korea”

American Academy of Religion, Ethics Session, Asian North American Religion,

Culture, and Society Group, Latino/a Religion, Culture and Society Group

(San Diego, CA)

Jan. 2007

Inter-religious Perspectives on Transnational Adoption”

Center for Studies of Science and Religion at Columbia University (New York, NY)

Nov. 2006

Gender as an Analytical Tool of Christian Fundamentalism in the Asian/Pacific

American Community”

American Academy of Religion, Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society

Group (Washington, D.C.)

Mar. 2006

A Theological Reflection on the Other: Korean Military Wives”

American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (Baltimore, Maryland)

Aug. 2003

An Ethical Consideration on the Experiences of the Working-Poor Asian Immigrant

Women in the Late 20th Century”


Professional Memberships 

American Academy of Religion

Society of Christian Ethics

International Academy of Practical Theology

Pacific Asian North Asian American Women in Theology and Ministry

Association of Asian/North American Theological Educators

National Women’s Studies Association

Professional Service (includes Denison Service) 


Steering Committee, The Women and Religion Section, American Academy of Religion


Secretary, Association of Asian/North American Theological Educators


Steering Committee and Board, Pacific Asian North Asian American Women in Theology and Ministry


Faculty Advisor, Denison University Service Orientation


Co-Convener, Asian and Asian American Ethics Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics


Denison University Diversity Advisory Committee


Denison University Queer Studies Committee


Denison Museum Advisory Board


Program Committee, Peace for Life: World without Empire International Conference in New York City


National Women’s Studies Association Women of Color Leadership Project


Great Lakes Colleges Association Academic Leadership and Innovation Institute


Denison University Women’s and Gender Studies Committee


Denison University Faculty of Color and International Faculty Committee


Wo men’s Association for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, Feminist Theology and Ethics Conference for Doctoral Students and JuniorFaculty


Asian Theological Summer Institute

2006 – 2007

Served the Church History Search Committee (Union Theological Seminary)


Student Coordinator, Pacific Asian North Asian American Women in Theology and Ministry Annual Meeting

2005 – 2007

Chair, International Students Caucus & Korean Caucus

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

2001 – 2002

President, Yale Divinity Korean Association

1999 – 2000

Vice-President, Theological Students' Council

Yonsei University Graduate School

1997 – 1998

Co-Director, Department of Study and Research

Graduate School Students Council, Yonsei University

Community Service 
  • 2011-Present: Convener, Asian and Asian American Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics
  • 2009-Present: Denison University Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Hosted a teaching workshop for the junior faculty of color.  
  • 2009-Present: Denison Museum Board
  • 2008-Present: Women’s Studies Committee, and Queer Studies Committee, Denison University
  • Hosted two campus-wide public events on religion and sexuality.
  • 2009: Women of Color Leadership Project National Women’s Studies Association
  • 2009-2010: Program Committee, Peace for Life: World without Empire International Conference in New York City 


Grants & Funding 


Denison University Research Fund


The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Theology and Religion Summer Research Grant

Honors & Awards 


Pre-Tenured Asian and Asian American Faculty Teaching Fellowship,

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Theology and Religion


The Robert Lynn Wood Award for the Promise in Theological Education

(Auburn Theological Seminary in the City of New York)


Asian Theological Summer Institute


The Daniel Day Williams Award for Outstanding Theological Work

(Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York)

2004 – 2008

Union Seminary Doctoral Fellowship

2002 – 2003

Rev. F. Wyland Scholarship for Social Justice Ministry

Yale University Divinity School

2001 – 2002

United Methodist Woman Fellowship

Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministry of the UMC


Certificate of Appreciation

Service Employees International Union (Los Angeles, CA)

1999 – 2000

Teaching Fellowship, Yonsei University

1997 – 1998

Graduate School Fellowship, Yonsei University

1993 – 1997

Merit-Based Scholarship, Seoul National University of Education