Grace Yia-Hei Kao

Professor of Ethics
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Stanford University;
Ph.D., Harvard University

Dr. Kao regularly teaches and researches in the following four areas: (1) rights, human and animal, (2) religion in the public sphere in the U.S., (3) ecofeminism, (4) Asian American Christianity. She is the author of Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World(Georgetown UP, 2011), the co-editor of Asian American Christian Ethics: Voices, Methods Issues (Baylor UP, 2015) and the co-editor of Encountering the Sacred: Feminist Reflections on Women’s Lives (T&T Clark, 2018).

At CST, Dr. Kao serves as the co-director of the Center for Sexuality, Gender and Religion (CSGR) and faculty advisor to the Asian Pacific Islander/American Association student group. She is a two-time recipient of CST’s Faculty Teaching Award (2010-2011, 2016-2017) and is the first Asian American woman to have been tenured at her institution.

An active member of professional societies, Kao serves on the steering committees of the Animals and Religion Group (ARG) and the Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Group (WOCSTAG) of the American Academy of Religion; the Board of Advisors of the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM); and is the co-convener of the Animal Ethics Interest Group and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics. She is also serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religious Ethics (JRE), the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (JSCE), and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion (JRER).

Please consult her personal website for more information about her publications, current work, and speaking schedule.


Ph.D. – Harvard University (2003)
M.A. – Stanford University (1997)
B.A. – Stanford University (1996)