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The Advisory Committee

The Center for Barth Studies is overseen by an eight member advisory committee comprised largely of Princeton Theological Seminary faculty members. The advisory board meets a minimum of two times per academic semester and relays announcements and updates about current scholarly efforts associated with the center to the public. In addition to overseeing the activities and objectives of the center, members of the advisory board are tasked with chairing the annual Karl Barth conference on a rotating basis and co-sponsoring a number of international initiatives in the field of Barth studies.

Dirkie J. Smit


Dr. Smit holds an MA (Philosophy, Stellenbosch), DTh (Stellenbosch), and PhD (h.c.) (Umeå, Sweden). His appointments include Honorary Professor of the Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany), Extraordinary Professor of Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), and Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Smit comes to Princeton Seminary from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he served as Professor of Systematic Theology. Before his appointment to Stellenbosch, Smit served on the faculty at the University of the Western Cape. He has also served as a pastor.

Over the past three decades, Smit has emerged as one of South Africa’s most significant theologians. He has written extensively, in both English and Afrikaans, on the legacy of the Reformed tradition and its relevance to contemporary theological, social, and political questions. He has been a particularly prominent and influential voice in the church’s repudiation of apartheid. Smit was one of the primary authors of the Belhar Confession. Written in 1982 and adopted by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in 1986, the Belhar Confession boldly declared the sinfulness of apartheid and was a call for justice, reconciliation and unity among all people. It has recently been adopted as part of the PC(USA) Book of Confessions. His teaching, supervision, research and popular writing all draw on experience in ecumenical theology and the church’s public witness in South Africa.

David Chao

David C. Chao is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He has degrees from Yale University (BA), Regent College (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (ThM). He has published in Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie, is co-editor of a three-volume work on Karl Barth’s conversations (1959-1968), and taught at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University. He is currently completing a dissertation on the relation of nature and grace in Karl Barth’s doctrine of providence. His research interests include Protestant and Catholic dogmatics (especially as they pertain to issues of nature and grace), Reformed theology, and Asian American theology.

Kaitlyn Dugan

Kaitlyn Dugan is the Managing Director of the Center for Barth Studies, which involves managing the daily operations, programs, and conferences of the center as well as curating, preserving, maintaining, and developing Princeton Theological Seminary’s Barth Special Research Collection. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science from Taylor University, a Master of Arts in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing her PhD in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen. Her research is focused on the role of Death in Pauline apocalyptic theology. Kait is a member of St. James Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Harlem, New York City.

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology. He earned his B.D. from Harvard University Divinity School and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He served as director of the Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001. He has broad interests in the history and theology of the Reformed tradition and in “generous orthodoxy” as a way beyond the modern liberal/conservative impasse in theology and church. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism. He teaches courses on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Reformed tradition, the theology of the Lord’s Supper, the theology of John Calvin, and classical and recent Reformed theology. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and a delegate to the official Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue (2011-2017). His most recent scholarly contributions include The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast (Cambridge, 2008), Conversational Theology: Essays on Ecumenical, Postliberal, and Political Themes with Special Reference to Karl Barth (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015), and Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal (Baker Academic, 2015).

Hanna Reichel

Dr. Reichel earned her ThD and MDiv from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, holds a B.Sc. in economics from Fernuniversität Hagen and a BA (Vordiplom) in theology from Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Reichel’s published work includes articles on Karl Barth and the mission of the church, and a monograph titled, Theologie als Bekenntnis. Karl Barths kontextuelle Lektüre des Heidelberger Catechisms (FSÖTh, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), eng. Theology as Confession: Karl Barth’s Contextual Readings of the Heidelberg Catechism. Her theological interests include Christology, scriptural hermeneutics, political theology, constructive theology, poststructuralist theory, and the theology of Karl Barth.

Clifford B. Anderson

Consulting Member

Clifford B. Anderson is an Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning and Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He holds a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. and Th.M. in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also earned a M.S. in L.I.S. from the Pratt Institute. Anderson is the co-author of two edited volumes (both with Bruce L. McCormack) on Karl Barth: Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 2011) and Karl Barth and the Making of Evangelical Theology (Eerdmans, 2015). He is also the translator (with Dagmare Houniet) of Tjitze Kuiper’s Abraham Kuyper: An Annotated Bibliography, 1857–2010 (Brill, 2011).

Steve Crocco

Consulting Member

Steve is the Library Director at Yale Divinity School. His involvement with the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Seminary predates its founding. Active in the Karl Barth Society of North America (Midwest Chapter) while teaching Christian Ethics at Elmhurst College, Steve learned of plans by Markus Barth and others to form a Karl Barth research center in North America. He used his position as Library Director at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to visit other research centers and develop the requirements for a center for Barth studies. In 1996, Steve was appointed to the Executive Committee of the KBSNA to identify a suitable home. In 1997, Princeton Seminary’s proposal to host the Barth center was affirmed by the KBSNA Executive Committee and Steve became the James Lenox Librarian at Princeton, a position he held until 2012. Steve hired the Center’s first Director, George Hunsinger, and was actively involved in building bridges between Princeton and the Barth Archive in Basel and Barth’s family, fund raising, and giving shape to the institutional requirements of the Center. Steve’s scholarly interest in Karl Barth lies in the area of Barth’s influence on North American theologians such as Joseph Haroutunian and H. Richard Niebuhr.

Paul Dafydd Jones

Consulting Member

Paul Dafydd Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and co-director, with Charles Mathewes, of The Luce Project on Religion and its Publics. He is author of The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics (T&T Clark) and over two dozen articles, chapters, and essays. He is completing two major projects at present: The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2018), coedited with Paul Nimmo (University of Aberdeen), and a constructive work entitled Patience: A Theological Exploration.