ANDREW P. KLAGER, PhD
Director, Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice
St. Stephen's University – IRPJ
British Columbia, Canada
Andrew Klager earned a PhD in Religious Studies and History from the University of Glasgow focusing on Anabaptist-Mennonite history and theology including the 16th-century Anabaptist peace tradition(s) and has completed continuing studies in Interfaith Conflict Resolution and Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice (St. Stephen's University), Andrew teaches at Trinity Western University and Catholic Pacific College (Langley, BC), the University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC), and Rocky Mountain College (Calgary, AB). He was also previously a Research Associate at the Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre at TWU and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria.
Andrew has also given a number of public lectures and made presentations at conferences, symposiums, and interfaith dialogues across North America. He is also widely published in various peer-reviewed journals (Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies; Journal of Ecumenical Studies; Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace; Greek Orthodox Theological Review; Mennonite Quarterly Review; Conrad Grebel Review; Journal of Mennonite Studies; Renaissance and Reformation; Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford); Reformation & Renaissance Review; Direction Journal) and in a number of books (Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ [Eerdmans 2007]; Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend [Wipf & Stock, 2011]; and Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale [Synaxis Press, 2014]) in a variety of research fields ranging from peace and conflict studies, Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, interreligious peacebuilding especially in Egypt and the Middle East, peace theology, history of Christianity, 16th-century Reformation and Humanism, the Church fathers (especially St. Gregory of Nyssa), and Eastern Orthodox theology and asceticism. Andrew has also written for Egypt Independent (Al-Masry Al-Youm) and currently writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice, of which he's also a co-editor, and is the Editor-in-Chief of St. Macrina Press, contributing editor of Solomon's Porch (In Communion), and is on the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
In addition to his teaching, speaking, and publications, Andrew also carries out research on interreligious peacebuilding, asceticism and the inner transformation of a peacemaker, uses of history and peacebuilding, and Mennonite approaches to peacebuilding, especially in the Balkans and Middle East and in Egypt in particular. He is also the editor of the book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (Pickwick, 2015) and is working on a new book on Balthasar Hubmaier's use of and attitude towards the Church fathers for the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History series for Herald Press.
Andrew's responsibilities at the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice include teaching courses; arranging the student practicum placements overseas; organizing events including speakers, conferences, panel discussions, and peace theology cafés; coordinating research fellows; maintaining and adding content to the blog and podcasts; carrying out research and publishing in peace theology and interreligious peacebuilding; speaking at conferences and other events; co-editing the Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice; editing the Journal of Peace Theology; and editing the books that appear in the IRPJ book series.