Esther Chung-Kim

Esther Chung-Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

A professor of Religious Studies who specializes in the History of World Christianity, especially religious conflict and social change in Early Modern Europe. Her research examines the development of religious traditions, and the impact of religion on society, politics and economics in the early modern era. She also teaches the annual seminar on Poverty, Wealth and Social Change.

B.A. Drew University, M.Div. Princeton, Ph.D. Duke University
Religious Studies


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(909) 607-3880

(909) 621-8419

Kravis Center 270

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

European History

Selected Research and Publications

  • Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Acts (February 2014)

  • Inventing Authority: The Use of the Church Fathers in Reformation Debates over the Eucharist (March 2011).

  • ARTICLES: "John Calvin on Poverty and Wealth," (2016); "Retrievals and Reception in the Renaissance and Reformation, " (2016); "Use of Wealth in the Christian Life: John Calvin's Biblical Interpretation," 2009; "Religious Ritual: Lord's Supper," 2011; "Use of the Fathers in the Eucharistic Debates between John Calvin and Joachim Westphal," 2009.

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Duke Scholars on Leadership Education

  • Dean's Summer Faculty Fellowship

  • Wesley Summer Seminar Fellowship, Duke University

  • Research Exchange Fellowship, Eberhards-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Wabash Teaching and Learning Fellowship