Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong Assistant Professor of Theology 219.464.5964 Arts and Sciences Building 318


At Valpo, Assistant Professor Stephanie Wong has taught both introductory courses in Christian theology and the university’s freshman program in the humanities. At the upper level, she teaches courses in a) World Christianity, especially foregrounding experiences and theological expressions of Christians in Asia, Latin America and Africa, b) comparative religions, inviting students to understand religio-philosophical traditions of East Asia such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism in light of these traditions’ own intellectual, ritual and political history, and c) in theories and methods in the study of comparative religions and comparative theology.

In her research, Prof. Wong explores issues pertaining to Christian (especially Catholic) theological development in China. She enjoys pondering questions in systematic/constructive theology, while maintaining a keen interest in the local sociological context and the transnational history and politics that shape this theological reflection. 


Ph.D., 2018 – Georgetown University (Doctorate in Theological and Religious Studies, and Certificate in Apprenticeship in Teaching (AT) Program)

M.Div., 2013 – Yale Divinity School (M.Div, and Certificate in Education Leadership Ministry (ELM))           

B.A., 2010 – Washington University in St. Louis (Majors in Religious Studies and English Literature)


Publications and Projects

Book (under contract with Oxford University Press): National Witness: Chinese Catholicism After the Age of Empires.

FORTHCOMING: “Yu Bin and Vincent Lebbe’s Theology of Resistance: Catholic Participation in the Chinese War Effort Against Japan,” in Modern Chinese Theologies I: Mainland and Mainstream, edited by Chloe F. Starr. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2023.

FORTHCOMING: “Roman Catholicism: Painting, Printing, and Selling Morality in Modern China” (invited article for edited volume on Chinese Christianity, ed. Daryl Ireland, Baylor U. Press, 2022.)

“Interreligious Ecology: Catholic Identity and Interfaith Engagement in the People’s Republic of China” in Theology Without Borders: Essays in Honor of Peter C. Phan, edited by Leo Lefebure, 157-172. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2022.

“Catholics and Cultures: A Panoramic View in Search of GreaterUnderstanding.” Journal of Global Catholicism 5.1 (Wint. 2021): 94-103.

“Cultivating Mission as Witness: Confucian Insights for a Catholic Church in Crisis and Conflict,” in Confucianism and Christianity: Interreligious Dialogue on the Theology of Mission, 154-170, ed. Edmund Kee-Fook Chia. Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press, 2021.

“Manna in Film.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Vol. 19. DeGruyter, 2019

“The Mind’s Dynamism in Chinese Catholic Theology: A Comparative Study of Metaphysics and Knowledge in the Thought of Wang Yangming and Joseph Maréchal.” Journal of World Christianity 8.2 (2018): 109-134.

“Religious Boundaries in Chinese Christianity.” Ching Feng: A Journal on Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture 17 (2018): 67-77.

“Ecclesiology from Below: Urbanizing Catholicism in an Urbanizing China.” Ching Feng: A Journal on Christianity and Chinese Religion and Culture 15.1-2 (2016): 25-46.

“A Society Apart: Rural Chinese Catholics and the Historiography of ‘Otherness.” Studies in World Christianity 22.2 (2016): 86-104.

“Innate Correspondences: The Natural Torah in Rabbinic Midrash.” Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa 35.1 (2011) 51-62. (Undergraduate)


“Chinese Catholic Action.” Catholic Theological Society of America, Asian American Consultation. Zoom, June 2021 (2020 Baltimore conferenced deferred until 2021 due to COVID)

“The ‘True Spirit’ of China: Celso Costantini and Adelbert Gresnigt’s Theology of Cultural Genius and Inspiration.” Sino-Christian Architecture Symposium, Whitworth U. Zoom, April 19-21, 2021.

“National Church, Transnational Church.” China Christianity Studies Group (CCSG), Zoom, March 26, 2021

“Vincent Lebbe’s Theology of Resistance.” State of Chinese Theology Conference, Yale University, June 1-2, 2020 (moved online due to COVID-19).

“Opposing Integralism: Chinese Catholicism and the Circumscription of ‘Religion’ in the Beiyang Era.” American Academy of Religion Conference, San Diego, Nov. 23-26, 2019. 

“Global Catholicism.” Catholics and Cultures Pedagogy Seminar, sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross McFarland S,J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Chicago O’Hare Hilton, Nov. 8, 2019.

“The Chinese Episcopacy: Race and Citizenship in the Catholic Church.” Global History and Catholicism: An International Conference Sponsored by the CUSHWA Center for American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, April 4-6, 2019

“Responding: Chinese Christianities.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Boston, Nov. 18-21, 2017.

“Interreligious Dialogue in China.” U.S. China Catholic Bureau Conference, New York, Aug. 11-13, 2017

“The Gate of Heaven Has Been Opened: Chinese Catholic Conceptions of Heaven’s Activity in the Late Ming.” An International Conference on Confucianism and Catholicism: Reinvigorating the Dialogue, Washington DC, March 4-5, 2016.

“A Response to Anna Sun’s Confucianism as a World Religion” American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Nov. 19-22, 2015.

“Urbanizing Catholicism in an Urbanizing China.” American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Nov. 19-22, 2015.

“The Exercise of Translation: Confucianism, Christianity and the Communication of Concepts.” Engaging Particularities Conference, Boston College, March 26-27, 2015.

“Pure Knowing: Chinese Confucian and Catholic Moral Cultivation.” Christianity in Asia Conference, U. of Munster, Germany, Sept. 14-27, 2014.

“Becoming Better than Before: A Comparative Study of Matteo Ricci and Mengzi on the Question of Human Potential.” Engaging Particularities Conference, Boston College, March 20-21, 2014.


Christianity in China

Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism

World Christianity

Comparative Religion and Ethics

Religion and Politics


Theo 200: The Christian Tradition

Theo 329: Global Christianity

Hist/Theo 329: East Asian Christianity

East/Theo 363: Religions of China and Japan

Theo 393/492: Theories and Methods in the Study of Theology and Religion

CORE (Freshman Program) 110: Empathy

CORE (Freshman Program) 115: Justice


American Academy of Religion

Catholic Theological Society of America

Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity

Society for the Study of Chinese Religions