Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro

Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro

Assistant Professor , Theology

Assistant Professor , Theology Graduate Program

Assistant Professor , Gender and Diversity Studies Program

ML 4442
313 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3002

Fax: (513) 745-3215


  • Ph.D. (Emory University)

First Year at Xavier University:



Dr. Suna-Koro’s recent research publications in the areas of postcolonial theology, sacramental and liturgical studies as well as diaspora and migration discourse include her article “The Sign of Unity and the Bond of Charity: On the Eucharist as a “Taskmaster” in the context of Global Migration,” Dialogue: Journal of Theology in June 2014, and book chapters “Puzzling over Postcolonial Liturgical Heteroglossia: In Search of Liturgical Decoloniality and Dialogic Orthodoxy” in one of the first scholarly essay collections in postcolonial liturgical studies Only One is Holy: Liturgy and Postcolonialism (Palgrave, 2015) and “Journeying Before God with a Divided Heart: Theological Virtues in Light of the Postcolonial Migrations of Latvian Lutherans” in Strangers in This World: Multi-Religious Reflections on Immigration (Fortress, 2015). Her recent presentations in academic conferences include: “On a Dislocated Liturgical Spirituality: A Brief Reflection on What a Diasporic Magpie Goes Through During Worship” presented at the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) 2014 Annual Meeting; “Beholding a Migrant Christ and Diasporic ‘Creation’: The Power of Diminutives in Migrant Theological Inquiry,” American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Regional Meeting 2014; “Liturgy as Migration: Journeying Beyond the Disengagement of Liturgy and Ethics” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2014; and “The Sacrament of the Stranger: Divine Mysteries and Righteous Actions” at the Society of Lutheran and Anglican Theologians Annual (SALT) Meeting 2014; and “Sacramental Predicaments and Postcolonial Vigilance: Quo vadis?” at the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) Annual Meeting 2015. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Interreligious Reflections on Immigration Seminar at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and on the 2015 Program Planning Committee of SALT. Dr. Suna-Koro continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) where she chairs of the board Audit Committee of the second largest refugee resettlement organization in the USA. A highlight of this summer was her presentation of the Keynote Address “Landing Accompaniment: Migration and Immigration” at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Caribbean Synod Assembly in St. Thomas, USVI on the World Refugee Day 2015.

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