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Douglas Meeks

Cal Turner Chancellor's Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Emeritus

Professor Meeks teaches in the area of Constructive Theology, concentrating in modern and post-modern theology. His research interests focus on the relation of Christian doctrine to economic, social, and political theory. Current writing projects include an ecclesiological study of the church in the global market society and a christology in the post-modern setting. He received his B.D. and his Ph.D. from Duke University and studied as a Fulbright Fellow at Tubingen University. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt he was the dean and professor of systematic theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and professor of systematic theology at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Professor Meeks is the author, co-author or editor of 16 books, including Origins of the Theology of Hope (Fortress) and God the Economist: The Doctrine of God and Political Economy (Fortress). He has authored numerous chapters, articles and reviews and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Great Britain. He is program chair of the American Theological Society and co-chair of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. For Twenty-five years he chaired the Working Group relating the Evangelische Kirche der Union and the United Church of Christ. His record of professional service includes membership on a variety of academic and ecclesial councils and commissions dealing with theology and economy, religion and science, liberation theology, points at issue between black and white theologies, and theological education. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. Professor Meeks is the Director of Wesleyan Studies and the United Methodist Programs.