Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley
Julia D.E. Prinz, V.D.M.F., Ph.D.

Julia D.E. Prinz, V.D.M.F., Ph.D.

Lecturer in Christian Spirituality
Director of the Luce Grant Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative

B.A. in Social Sciences (Political Science, Pedagogy and Comparative Religion), Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany
B.A. in Lt. Theology, Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, Germany
M.A. (Magister Artium) in Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology and Comparative Religion), Georg August University of Goettingen, Germany;
M.Div., Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA;
S.T.B., Pontifica Universitas San Anselmo de Urbe (P.U.U.), Rome, Italy;
S.T.L., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA;
Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality with the Allied Field in Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

Phone: (510) 549-5051
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 328

About the Professor

Holding advanced degrees in Political Science and Psychology from the Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany, theology degrees from the Friedrich-Willhelms University, Bonn, Germany, and the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, Italy, Julia D.E. Prinz also completed a Ph.D in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley in 2006, and has been a lecturer at JST-SCU ever since. She was also appointed as Professor at the Instituto San Pablo Verbum Dei, Loeches-Madrid, Spain.

As a missionary in the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, she has been involved in base-community work with Hispanic and Asian immigrant populations in San Francisco since 1995. She has also served her congregation as a formation director and from 2008 to 2014, as the United States Provincial Superior.

Dr. Prinz is a regular speaker at regional and national theological conferences in Germany and the United States. Her speaking assignments and publications in general, specifically her book, Endangering Hunger for God, show her commitment to using theological research for the empowerment of the marginalized. Her current research includes a specific interest in spiritual and theological formation in Asia and the dialogue between theology and photography.

Dr. Prinz serves as the Coordinator of the Henry Luce III Foundation-funded Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative, serving women religious and their congregations and missions from different parts of Asia. The initiative is a comprehensive approach to providing theological leadership training and networks for sisters to become change agents in their home communities and societies. 

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