Yohana A. Junker
Assistant Professor of Art, Religion, and CultureAssociate Dean for Strategic InitiativesProject Director / Phase 2 of the Pathways For Tomorrow Lilly Grant
Yohana A. Junker’s research probes the intersections among the fields of art history, eco-criticism, and decolonial studies, with special attention to contemporary Indigenous and diasporic art practices. In her writing, art, and activism, she explores the human capacity to imagine and retrieve generative ways of being even in the face of impossibility. She also investigates the ways artists create poetic spaces that allow viewers to come together, to reclaim agency and restore a sense of purpose, a thirst for justice, and a desire for transformation. Her artwork is central to her scholarship and activism.
BA, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo
MTS, Christian Theological Seminary
PhD, Graduate Theological Union
Dr. Junker has contributed chapters for the forthcoming volumes:
Georgetown Companion in Interreligious Studies (Georgetown)
Sustainable Societies: Interreligious & Interdisciplinary Responses (Springer)
Painted Portrayals: The Art of Characterizing Biblical Figures (SBL Press).
She is also co-editing, with Dr. Aaron Rosen:
Modern and Contemporary Artists on Religion: A Global Sourcebook (Bloomsbury).
Member, American Academy of Religion
Board Member, Art, Religion, and Culture (ARC)
Board Member, Center for the Arts and Religion
Board Member, La Comunidad
Board Member, Feminist Studies in Religion Blog