Academic Presentations


  • “A Feminist Theological Account of Cross-Species Friendship and Conversion in a Bicultural Context,”Animals and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, Nov 18-21


Animal Expression, Theological Thought: How Animal Encounters Ground Theological Construction,” AAR 2017 

  • “Revisiting Robert Bellah’s ‘American Civil Religion’ After 50 Years: A Roundtable Discussion,”American Political Science Association, Religion & Politics, San Francisco, CA, Aug 3-Sep 3


SILT 2016/2017: Can I Get a Witness? (May 31-June 2, 2017)

SILT 2016/2017 Project Participants (May 31-June 2, 2017, 2017)


APARRI 2017 banquet dinner

APARRI (July 20-21, 2017) at Claremont School of Theology



Project on Lived Theology, Spring Institute: Can I Get a Witness? (June 1-3, 2016, UVA)




Some book contributors pictured left to right: SueJeanne Koh, Irene Oh, Jonathan Tran, Hannah Kah (+ daughter), Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Hak Joon Lee, Ilsup Ahn, Hoon Choi

  • “Rethinking Reparations to Chinese North Americans:A Comparative Analysis Between the U.S. and Canadian Cases” (with Justin H.K. Tse), Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (Iliff School of Theology, Denver), Apr 17-19

Dr. Kao with Justin Tse (co-author) and Grace Ji-Sun Kim at the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 2015


  • “Reexamining Recent Male Circumcision Controversies Through the Lens of Modern Christian Debates on Infant Baptism,” Invited participant, Symposium on Theo-Politics? Conversing with Barth in Western and Asian Contexts (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany), Oct 16-19


  • Public Theology, Taipei: Barth, Democracy, and the Church in Taiwanese Public Life:  A Response,” Symposium on Theo-Politics? Conversing with Barth in Western and Asian Contexts, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, Mar 13-16



  • “Asian Cultural Traditions and Christian Ethics: Problems and Prospects,” Respondent, Society of Christian Ethics (SCE)Asian/Asian American Working Group (Seattle, WA), Jan 9-12


  • “Retrieving the Theological Traditions: A Response,” Invited respondent, Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), Emerging Scholars Panel (Seattle, WA), Jan 9-12


Drs. Monica A. Coleman and Grace Y. Kao hood Elise Edwards at Claremont Graduate University in 2013

  • “Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights: Assessing Contemporary Male Circumcision Controversies,” Invited participant, Symposium on Theo-Politics? Conversing with Barth in Western and Asian Contexts (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany), Jun 6-9


  • “Remembering the Past, Envisioning the Future of PANAAWTM,” Invited panelist, Pacific Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology & Ministry (PANAAWTM), (Evanston, IL), Mar 14-17



  • “Asian North American ‘Conservative’ Christian Communities, Masculinities, and Gender Issues,” Invited respondent, American Academy of Religion, Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Group (Chicago, IL), Nov 17-20


  • “Asian Americans and Contested Food: Shark Fin, Dogmeat, & Milk” for the panel “Thinking about Animals, Activism and Religion from the (Human) Margins: Race, Colonialism, and Cultural Imperialism,” Organizer & Panelist, American Academy of Religion, Animals and Religion Group (Chicago, IL), Nov 17-20





  • “Thinking Animals and Religion, Rethinking Ethics,” Invited respondent, American Academy of Religion, Animals and Religion Group (San Francisco, CA), Nov 19-22


  • Feminism and Religion Project,” Invited panelist, American Academy of Religion, Wildcard session (San Francisco, CA), Nov 19-22


  • “Don’t Ask, Don’t Pray: The Ethical Challenges of Chaplain-Led Prayer in Military Command Settings,” Inaugural Lecture, Claremont School of Theology, Feb 24
Inaugural lecture_receiving flowers

 Asian Pacific Islander/American Association students present Grace Kao with flowers on the occasion of her CST Inaugural Lecture 





Dr. Grace Kao was one of two former students of David Little’s from Harvard who spoke at a conference in honor of his retirement. She was 32 weeks pregnant at the time.

  • “Ecofeminist Ethics in Cross-Cultural Perspective,” ASPECT Symposium on Gender, Religion, and Identity in Social Theory, Virginia Tech, Apr 3


  • “Manifestos, Jeremiads, and Civil Religion in the Wake of the Virginia Tech Shootings,” Invited lecture, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), Feb 25



  • “Bridging the Church and Academy Divide,” Invited panelist, Society of Christian Ethics, Preconference workshop (Chicago, IL), Jan 8-11





  • “Proselytization Revisited: Rights-Talk, Free Markets, and Culture Wars,” Invited panelist (in absentia), American Academy of Religion, Comparative Studies in Religion Section (San Diego, CA), Nov 17-20


  • “Ecofeminist Ethics: Comparison, Ecumenicism and Attending to Difference,” Invited panelist, Society of Christian Ethics, Comparative Religious Ethics interest group (Dallas, TX), Jan 4-7



  • “Christian Reflections on the Pledge of Allegiance,” Invited lecture, Citizen Scholars and Ethics Series, Shenandoah University, Feb 6






  • “Feminist (In)Consistency in the Treatment of Bodies: Fetal, Female, and Non-Human Animal,” Religion, Ethics, and Society section, AAR-Southeastern Region (Winston-Salem, NC), Mar 11-13




  • “Evaluating Consensus-based Approaches to Human Rights,” Symposium on Religion and Politics, Paul B. Henry Institute, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), Apr 29-May 1



  • “Religion and Human Rights: Three Category Mistakes to Avoid,” American Academy of Religion, Law, Religion, and Culture Consultation (Atlanta, GA), Nov 22-25


  • “Religion, Group Rights, and Multicultural Accommodation,” Invited lecture, Haverford College (Haverford, PA), Feb 19


  • “Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Theory,” Invited lecture, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), Feb 12

From PhD Comics, originally published 1/21/2013

Originally published at PhD Comics on 1/21/2013

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Did you know? Many of these scholarly papers became the basis of Grace Y. Kao’s published articles and chapters.