Charles Stang named Director of Center for the Study of World Religions

HDS Professor of Early Christian Thought Charles Stang. Photo by Justin Knight

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Charles Stang, professor of early Christian thought, has been appointed the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School, beginning July 1. He will succeed Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, who is stepping down after leading the Center for seven years.

Stang joined the HDS faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of early Christian Thought after earning his doctor of theology degree from the School the same year. He has been a member of the CSWR community for just under a decade and has participated in the CSWR’s advisory board.

“Professor Stang has been a major contributor to the thinking about the future of CSWR,” said HDS Dean David N. Hempton. “I know his plans include efforts to continue to expand the engagement of the HDS community in the work of the Center. As an active participant in the larger Harvard University community, Professor Stang will also concentrate on continuing to draw our colleagues closer into the CSWR.”

His research and teaching focus on the history and theology of Christianity in late antiquity, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity.

“I am grateful, and humbled, to have been chosen to serve as the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions,” Stang said. “I look forward to working with residents, staff, and my HDS colleagues to imagine and enact the next chapter in the life of the Center.”