Björn Krondorfer, PhD
Endowed Professor of Religious Studies and
Director of Martin-Springer Institute
Office: Riles 305A
Björn Krondorfer completed
his Ph.D. in (Comparative) Religious Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia.
He came to the United States in 1983 from his native Germany after pursuing
studies in theology at the universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen. Before
joining NAU in the fall of 2012, he taught for twenty years in the Department
of Religious Studies and Philosophy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the
public Honors College of the State of Maryland. In 2007-08, he was guest
professor at the Institute of Theology and the History of Religion at the Freie
University Berlin, Germany; he also holds a visiting position as Faculty
Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. In May 2014,
he completed the year-long University Leadership Program at Northern Arizona
His fields of expertise are
religion, gender and culture, (post) Holocaust studies, reconciliation studies,
and Western Religious Thought. His publications helped to define the field of
Critical Men’s Studies in Religions, and he currently explores the connections
between memory, restorative justice, and social/moral repair.
internationally he facilitates intercultural encounters, most recently in
Israel/Palestine, South Korea, Europe, and South Africa. He serves on the
editorial and advisory boards of several journals and is a member of the
Christian Scholars Group on Jewish Christian Relations. He offers workshops on bibliodrama, hagiodrama
and sutradrama, and has collaborated with visual artist Karen Baldner on
print, book art and installations since 2003.
Special Lectures and Awards
- 2013-2015. Selected Scholar for Speakers Bureau of
the Arizona Humanities.
- 2012. Norton Dodge Award for Scholarly
and Creative Achievement
- 2012. “The Art of Dialogue:
Jewish-Christian Relations in a Post-Shoah World.” The Jerome S. Cardin
Memorial Lecture, Loyola University, Baltimore.
- 2011. “Männer und Männlichkeiten in
Christentum und Judentum.” Public Keynote Lecture at international conference
Religion and Masculinities in Modernity. Friedrich-Schiller
University, Jena. Germany.
- 2011. “Disregard, Compassion,
Forgiveness.” Panel Moderation with Avraham Burg (Israel), Pumla
Gobodo-Madikizela (South Africa), Bernhard Sabella (Palestine), Scilla
Elworthy (UK) at Conflict Transformation and Mysticism, Würzburg,
- 2010. “The Future of Memory:
Reconciling Past Hurts and Present Conflicts.” The William Temple
Lecture at Jaamiatul-ilm Wal-Huda (Islamic College), in conjunction
with Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn, United Kingdom.
- 2009. “Conversation with Archbishop
Tutu, Rabble Rouser for Peace: Engaged, Compassionate Leadership in
Challenging Times.” Panelist with Desmond Tutu at international conference
Beyond Reconciliation. Cape Town, South Africa.
- 2008. Recipient of Mellon Grant
through the Center of Democracy Study (St. Mary’s College) to develop
seminar on “Confessions, Transitional Justice, Reconciliation.”
- 2007. Recipient of International
Education Travel Award to Thailand on Socially Engaged Buddhism
(Theravada Tradition), St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
- 2004. Summer Research Workshop on Gender
& Holocaust, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington.
- 2004. “Remembrance and Reconciliation:
Why the Memory of the Holocaust Matters Today.” The 2004 Robert Salomon
Morton Memorial Lecture, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
- 1996-2012. Selected Scholar for
Speakers Bureau of the Maryland Humanities Council.