Paul Kollman, C.S.C.

Paul Kollman, C.S.C.
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor of Theology
  • Teaching Lab Fellow (2023-2024)
  • Global Catholicism

Paul Kollman, C.S.C., a Catholic priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as a fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He has taught in the past at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre, Jinja, Uganda; and Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya; and has been a visiting scholar at the Center for World Catholicism at DePaul University and at the Church Mission Society in Oxford, UK. In 2023-2024, he will work with Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings as a Teaching Fellow at the NDIAS to develop a course in Global Catholicism.

Kollman’s research focuses on African Christianity, mission history, and world Christianity, with special attention to Catholic experiences in eastern Africa. His most recent book is Understanding World Christianity: Eastern Africa (2018), co-authored with Cynthia Toms Smedley. His first book, The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in Eastern Africa, was named an outstanding book in mission studies in 2006. He is currently preparing an edited volume on comparative approaches to holiness and sanctity, as well as advancing a book on history of Catholic missionary evangelization in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Kollman has served as director of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, as president of the American Society of Missiology, and as president of the International Association for Mission Studies. He is also a trustee at Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame, and Tangaza University College, Nairobi. In 2017, he received the William Toohey, CSC award for preaching at Notre Dame, and has received grants from the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation in support of his research.