Girim Jung

Girim Jung

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion and Contextual Theologies
Louisville Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3198



2019 – Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology (Comparative Theology/Philosophy), M.A., Claremont School of Theology
2014 – M.Div., Yale University
2011 – B.A., Rutgers University (cum laude, in Philosophy and Religion)


Dr. Jung specializes in Comparative Religion and Comparative Philosophy with a particular focus on East Asian Buddhism, Black Atlantic traditions, and Decolonial Thought. His Ph.D. research and dissertation focused on the archipelagic thinking to decolonize comparative religious and cultural studies by taking a transoceanic approach linking the Black Atlantic to the Asia Pacific. It also looked at Black and Asian political solidarities and the resonances between Black Atlantic thought and Huayan Buddhist philosophy.

Dr. Jung was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Felician University in New Jersey. At Iliff, he will be teaching courses in the areas of comparative religion and contextual/constructive theologies.

News & Awards



Han Byung-Chul and Political Theology (Critical Theory 2.0 for Political Theology)


Decolonizing Religious Socialism: What Western Leftists Get Wrong About Buddhism (Religious Socialism)

Decolonizing Comparative Theology (Contending Modernities)

Towards a Radically Inclusive Korean American Church: Narratives of the Dechurched Millennials and Social Justice (Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology

Resisting Ontologization: An Intercultural Comparison of Glissant, Moten, and Suh (Journal of World Philosophies)


Marxist Thought, Christian Theology, and a Western Lens (Religious Socialism)


Asia as Symbol: Korean American Identity and Subversive Religious Narratives (The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School)

Additional Links

Read the press release on his appointment.