Björn Krondorfer, PhD

Krondorfer 2015
Björn Krondorfer, PhD
Director of Martin-Springer Institute &
Endowed Professor of Religious Studies
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Complete Curriculum Vitae


Björn Krondorfer is Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University and Endowed Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. He completed his PhD at Temple University, Philadelphia, and has taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland prior to coming to NAU in 2012. His field of expertise is religion, gender & culture, (post-) Holocaust studies, Western religious thought, and reconciliation studies. Publications include Male Confessions: Intimate Revelations and the Religious Imagination (Stanford UP), Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism (London, SCM), and Remembrance and Reconciliation (Yale UP). His scholarship helped to define the field of Critical Men’s Studies in Religions. He also published three volumes in German on the cultural and theological legacy of the Holocaust, and he serves on editorial and advisory boards of several journals.

Nationally and internationally, Krondorfer facilitates intercultural encounters on issues of conflict, memory, and reconciliation. He has been invited to speak, present his research, and facilitate workshops and seminars in South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel/Palestine, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.

In 2007-08, he was guest professor at the Institute of Theology and the History of Religion at the Freie University Berlin, Germany, and he held the status of visiting Faculty Affiliate at the University of the Free State, South Africa. He is the recipient of the Norton Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievements. He delivered the Jerome Cardin Memorial Lecture at Loyola University, Baltimore (2012) and the William Temple Lecture as the first speaker at the Jaamiatul-ilm Wal-Huda (Islamic College) in conjunction with Blackburn Cathedral, UK. In May 2014, he completed the year-long University Leadership Program at Northern Arizona University.

As director, he created, designed, and curated exhibits on the Jewish Ghetto in Bedzin, the Berlin Wall, and the art show “Wounded Landscapes”. Internationally, he has offered workshops on bibliodrama, hagiodrama and sutradrama, and has collaborated with visual artist Karen Baldner on print, book art and installations since 2003.

Teaching Samples




Guest-Edited Journals


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, Germany.
  • 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.