Department of Theology

Dr. Won-Jae Hur

Assistant Professor, Theology Department


Dr. Won-Jae Hur is Assistant Professor of Comparative Theology, focusing on Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and Christian traditions. In his courses, Dr. Hur invites students to learn deeply across multiple religious traditions and to use their learning to reflect on their own worldviews and ethics in today’s social and environmental situation.  His research interests include theologies of the body, theories and practices of contemplation and meditation, liberation theologies, engaged Buddhism, and inter-religious learning and service.

Dr. Hur received his B.A. in religion from Oberlin College, A.M. in South Asian studies from Harvard University, and Ph.D in comparative theology from Boston College.  His dissertation, “Corporeality in Contemplation: A Comparative Study of Edith Stein and Tibetan Buddhist Lojong,” examines the interconnections between theologies of the body, social suffering, and contemplative practices in Stein’s works and Tibetan Buddhist texts. 


Comparative Theology

First Year at Xavier