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

Lecturer in Christian Spirituality and 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

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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.

Courses Recently Offered

PSSP 4020: Taking Her Word: Pastoral Theology and Feminist Hermeneutics (with Sharon G. Thornton, Ph.D.)
SPOT 4210: Memory in Scripture and Spirituality
SPOT 4444: Biblical Issues in Christian Spirituality (with John Endres, S.J., Ph.D.)
SPPS 2334: Spiritually Informed Pastoral Care (with Joseph D. Driskill, Ph.D.)
SPST 4323: Post-Auschwitz and Hispanic Theologies in Dialogue
SPST 4326: Mission, Hybridity and Hermeneutics
STSP 4650: Theology, Poetry, Photography (with Kevin Burke, S.J., S.T.D.)
SPST 4772: Memoria Passionis: Questioning God
SPST 5298: Political Theologies: Hermeneutics and Spirituality (with Kevin Burke, S.J., S.T.D.)
SPST 5305: Christology and the Hermeneutics of Discipleship


  • Interruption: Theological Thought and Photography in Dialogue with Johann Baptist Metz, Freiburg: Herder, 2015.
  • "The Presence of Absence: A Mystical-Political Reflection on Jeremiah 20:7-18," in La Palabra Se Expresa, ed. Kathi Karl, Anne-Katrin Kurz, Madrid: Monte Carmelo, 2014.
  • "Nepantla, Mestizo and Amphibolous: Care Across Cultures," in Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Pastoral Care, ed. Bernadette Flannargan, Sharon Thornton, Bloomsbury Publishing: London, Berlin, New York and Sydney, 2014
  • "Barefoot in a Wedding Dress: Religious Life in Asia and Hermeneutics of Spirituality," in Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall 2012
  • "Von dem was fehlt" eine Stimme f��r den "stillen Schrei" US-amerikanische biblische Reflexionen," in Theologische-Politische Vergewisserungen, ed. Michael J. Rainer, Josef Antonio Zamora, Litverlag: Muenster/New York, 2009
  • Endangering Hunger For God, Johann Baptist Metz and Dorothee Soelle at the Interface of Biblical Hermeneutic and Christian Spirituality, Lit-Verlag: Muenster/New York, 2007
  • Between Endangering Memory and Hunger for Justice, Verbum Dei International: Valencia, 2006
  • "The Relationship between the Inner and Outer Dimensions in Islam as a Foundation for the Inter-Religious Dialogue," in Islam And Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 15 Number 2, April 2004, 171-184