Alumni News

Brian Green (MA, ’06; PhD, ’13) has been named director of technology ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Brian is also a lecturer in engineering ethics at SCU’s Graduate School of Engineering.   

David Phillips Hansen (PhD, ’88) celebrated the publication of Native Americans, the Mainline Church, and the Quest for Interracial Justice (Chalice Press, 2017). Hansen has spent more than 40 years in active ministry, serving pastorates in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (DOC).

Heup Young Kim (PhD, ’92) published A Theology of Dao (Orbis Books, 2017). Dr. Kim is professor emeritus of theology at Kangham University, South Korea, and a past president of the Korean Society for Systematic Theology.

Soo-Young Kwon (PhD, ’03) is now dean of the College of Theology and the United Graduate School of Theology of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Kwon began his new position on February 1, and has served previously as professor of pastoral theology and director of the Center for Counseling and Coaching Services at United Graduate School of Theology.

Carleen Mandolfo (MA, ’93) is now serving as associate provost for faculty development and diversity and professor of religious studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Jeremiah McCarthy (PhD, ’85) was re-elected to the board of directors of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools. McCarthy is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Tucson, who served for 18 years as professor of moral theology, academic dean, and finally rector-president of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California.

Som Pourfarzaneh (PhD, ’13) recently published a young adult novella, Jinnspeak, which follows a Pakistani teenager as she wrestles with her identity as a Muslim American and her burgeoning magical powers. Pourfarzaneh, who writes under the pen name M. S. Farzan, published his first urban fantasy novel, Entromancy, in 2015, and currently works as a Digital Marketing Manager in the video games industry.

Andrea Sheaffer (PhD, ’13) recently published "Framing a Heroine: Judith's Counterparts in Biblical Villains" in Bloomsbury’s Biblical Reception 5 and currently serves on the Society of Biblical Literature’s steering committee for the Bible and Visual Arts Program Unit.  Andrea, who has worked as the GTU Director of Admissions since 2013, and fellow alum and former GTU faculty member Som Pourfarzaneh (PhD, ’13) were married this past fall. 

Sandy Sullivan-Dunbar (MA, ’03) published her first book, Human Dependency and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Sullivan-Dunbar teaches Christian ethics at Loyola University Chicago, where she also serves as graduate program director in the department of theology.

Cynthia Taylor (PhD, ’03) is assistant professor of religion and history at Dominican University, where she has been teaching the course “Liberation Theology: Passion for Justice” for 13 years. Taylor’s work to include greater community engagement in the course were highlighted in a recent online essay by fellow GTU alum Emily Wu (PhD, ’10), who is assistant director of community outreach & project development in Dominican’s Service-Learning program. 

Jeremy D. Yunt (MA, ’99) published his latest book, Faithful to Nature: Paul Tillich and the Spiritual Roots of Environmental Ethics (Barred Owl Books, 2017). During his time at the GTU, Yunt worked as a writer and editor with the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) on a special program focused on religion, science, and environmental ethics.