Consistent with her training in philosophy, theology, and ethics, Grace Kao’s expertise lies at the intersections of those fields.
She regularly teaches and conducts research in the following areas:
Rights, human and nonhuman animal
Religion in the public sphere in the U.S.
Asian American Christianity
Her co-edited anthology, Asian American Christian Ethics, was published by Baylor University Press in September 2015 and represents the first book-length treatment on this emerging subfield of study. Her first book, Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World, was published in 2011 by Georgetown University Press in their Advancing Human Rights Series.
She has also published articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, and Political Theology.
Her work in progress includes two other co-edited anthologies: (1) Encountering the Sacred: Finding God in the Everyday (with Rebecca Todd Peters), and (2) Liberation Theology (with Paul Jones, under contract in the Shapers of Modern Theology Series, Fortress Press).
Grace Kao remains an active member of several professional associations.
She is currently serving on the steering committees of the Animals and Religion Group (ARG) and the Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Group (WOCSTAG) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Past AAR service includes two terms on the steering committee of the Law, Religion, and Culture Group (2005-2008, 2008-2011) and previously co-chairing the Religion, Ethics, and Society section of the Southeastern regional AAR (2006-2009).
At the Society of Christian Ethics, she served on the Board of Directors (2012-2015) was one of the founding members and original co-convener of the Asian and Asian American Working Group (2009-2011), and is currently co-convening the Animal Ethics Interest Group, which she founded in 2015.
Rob Pitt, The Lighter Side of Academia, March 27, 2006
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