Dana L. Robert
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Dana L. Robert

Dana Lee Robert is an historian of Christianity and a missiologist.[1] Since 1984, she has been the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission, and the director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University.[2]

Early life

Robert is a graduate of Louisiana State University (BA) and Yale University (MA, MPhil, and PhD).[3] She worked as a high school history teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1978. In 1982 she became an instructor at Yale University, before moving on to Boston University. In Boston, she was assistant professor from 1984-90, associate professor from 1990-97, and became full professor in 1997.


In the early 1980s, Dana L. Robert became captivated by what she called "Comparative Christianity."[4] After completing her Ph.D. at Yale University, she began teaching at Boston University where, over the following three decades, she helped build the field that is now known as World Christianity. Robert's scholarship has focused on the role of women in mission history, notably through her American Women in Mission (1997),[5] as well as the relationship between mission history and world Christianity more broadly.[6] She presently serves as one of the editors of the journal Church History.[7]

Dana Robert and M.L. Daneel opened one of the first university-based Centers on World Christianity in North America.[]

In 2010, Dana Robert delivered the keynote address at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference, which marked the centennial of the World Missionary Conference of 1910, speaking on "Witnessing to Christ Today: Mission and Unity in the 'Long View' from 1910 to the 21st Century."[8] Robert has also given the Henry Martyn Lectures at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (2010),[9] the Woolsey Lectures in Theology and Culture at Houghton College (2011),[10] the Wallace Chappell Lectures in Evangelism at Duke Divinity School (2012),[11] the Ausberger Lecture Series at Eastern Mennonite University (2013),[12] the Parchman Endowed Lecture Series at Baylor University (2015),[13] the Donald A. Yerxa History Lecture at Eastern Nazarene College (2016),[14] and the Sprunt Lectures at Union Presbyterian Seminary (2017).[15]


In 2017, Dana Robert received several honors in recognition of her contributions to history, theology, and religious studies. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[16] The American Society of Missiology awarded her with the guild's Lifetime Achievement Award.[17] The Association of Theological Schools named her a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology,[18] and she served as a senior research fellow at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany.[19]


Selected books

  • 2019. Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community. Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2017. African Christian Biography. (Editor) Cluster Books.
  • 2010. Joy to the World!: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity. Women's Division, United Methodist Church.
  • 2009. Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion. Wiley.
  • 2008. Converting Colonialism: Visions and Realities in Mission History, 1706-1914, ed. Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • 2003. Occupy Until I Come: A. T. Pierson and the Evangelization of the World. Wm. B. Eerdmans.
  • African Christian Outreach: Vol. 2 Mission Churches. (Editor) Pretoria: South African Missiological Society, 2003.
  • 2003. Frontiers of African Christianity: Essays in Honour of Inus Daneel. Edited with G. Cuthbertson and H. Pretorius. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press.
  • 2002. Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century, Orbis Books.
  • 1998. Evangelism as the Heart of Mission. General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church.
  • 1998. Christianity: A Social and Cultural History, 2nd ed. (coauthor). Prentice Hall.
  • 1998. Arthur Tappan Pierson and Evangelical Movements. Seoul, Korea: Yangsuh Publishing Company, 1988. [in Korean]
  • 1997. American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice. Mercer University Press.

Selected articles

  • 2016. "Christian Transnationalists, Nationhood and the Construction of Civil Society," in Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners?, edited by Donald Yerxa (New York: Bloomsbury Academic).
  • 2013. "Forty years of the American Society of Missiology: Retrospect and Prospect," Missiology, 42(1): 6-25.
  • 2011. "Cross-Cultural Friendship in the Creation of Twentieth-Century World Christianity," International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35(2): 100-107.
  • 2005. "What Happened to the Christian Home? The Missing Component of Mission Theory," Missiology.
  • 2002. "The Influence of American Missionary Women on the World Back Home," Religion and American Culture 12(1): 59-89.
  • 2002. "The First Globalization," International Bulletin of Missionary Research 26(2): 50-66.
  • 2000. "Shifting Southward: Global Christianity since 1945," International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 24(2): 50-58.


  1. ^ "Robert, Dana L. 1956- - Dictionary definition of Robert, Dana L. 1956- | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Dana L. Robert » School of Theology | Blog Archive | Boston University". www.bu.edu. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "2017 Sprunt Lectures".
  4. ^ Robert, Dana (2011). Historiographic Foundations from Latourette and Van Dusen to Andrew F. Walls. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. p. 141.
  5. ^ Robert, Dana (1997). American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice.(Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1997). Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
  6. ^ Robert, Dana (2009). Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  7. ^ "Editorial board". Cambridge Core. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Dana Robert calls for common witness to Christ despite divisions". Edinburgh2010.org. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Henry Martyn Lectures". Cambridge Center for Christianity Worldwide.
  10. ^ "2011 Woolsey Lectures". houghton.edu. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Wallace Chappell Lectures". The Foundation for Evangelism. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Augsberger Lecture Series". Eastern Mennonite University. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Parchman Endowed Lectures". Baylor University. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Yerxa Lecture Series". Eastern Nazarene College. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "2017 Sprunt Lectures". Union Presbyterian Seminary. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Adeney, Frances (2018). "ASM Life Time Achievement Award 2017: Dana L. Robert". Missiology. 46: 99-101. doi:10.1177/0091829617746658.
  18. ^ "The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology Program". Henry Luce Foundation. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Dana L. Robert". Boston University School of Theology. Retrieved 2018.

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