Chlöe Starr named one of seven Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology

Chlöe Starr, assistant professor of Asian theology, has been selected as a Henry Luce III Fellow in theology by the Henry Luce Foundation and Association of Theological Schools.  She is one of seven scholars from ATS member schools across the country selected as Fellows for 2011-12.

StarrFellows are selected on the basis of the strength of proposals submitted to conduct creative and innovative theological research.  Starr’s project seeks to understand and describe the development of Chinese intellectual Christianity and in particular how far the concentration on the realm of the mind in Chinese theological writings might also be read as an indication of the course of the devotional heart, and how changes in the concepts of knowing and reason affected contemporary and subsequent theologies. The study challenges prevailing views that Chinese theology is fundamentally empirical or experiential.  Starr is currently compiling a Reader in Chinese Theology that will serve as a basis for research on the monograph she plans to produce as a Luce Fellow.

At the conclusion of their research year, Fellows will gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work and to discuss with both current and past Fellows how their impact may affect the life of the church and the broader society.

'I'm really looking forward to the sabbatical and having time to read and think through all the material I've been gathering together for the project," said Starr. "The fellowship comes with some research funds and I'm anticipating spending a month in Beijing and a month in Hong Kong later in the year when I know exactly what materials I still need. I'm doing some lectures in China at Easter this year, and taking a group of students round China for the Travel Seminar in May, so have some good opportunities to meet up with colleagues for discussions at the outset of the project too. I'd really like to complete the translation part of the project by the end of this summer to start work on the monograph in the autumn, so it's going to be a busy year!'


Before coming to YDS in 2009, Starr taught at the universities of Durham, where she was Senior Tutor of St John’s College, and Oxford, where she taught classical Chinese literature. She has published on Chinese literature and Chinese theology; recent works include Red-light Novels of the late Qing (2007), a co-edited volume The Quest for Gentility in China (2007) and an edited volume Reading Christian Scriptures in China (2008).

Two YDS faculty were in the 2010-11 class of Luce Fellows in theology: Kathryn Tanner, the Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology, and Mary Moschella, professor of pastoral care and counseling.

Posted: 03/07/2011