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Andrew Walls

Professor Andrew Walls
Honorary Professor
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK

OBE MA BLitt DD FSAScot ; Honorary Professor

was Lecturer in Theology, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, 1957-62 and Head of the Department of Religion, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1962-66; taught in the University of Aberdeen from to 1986, first in the Department of Church History and then as Head of the Department of Religious Studies and Riddoch Lecturer in Comparative Religion; Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies since 1985.  He came to Edinburgh in 1986 as Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (now Centre for the Study of World Christianity, 1986-1997. Honorary Professor since 1987; Convener, University Committee on African Studies 1994-97.  He has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, Yale University, Harvard University and Trinity College, Singapore, and was Guest Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary 1997-2001. He received the Distinguished Career Award  of the American Society of Church History in 2007.

Currently he also serves as Professor in the Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Akropong, Ghana; Professor of the History of Mission at Liverpool Hope University, Research Professor at Africa International University, Nairobi and Visiting Professor at the City Seminary of New York. He is Joint Convener of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity.

His research interests lie in the study of religion in Africa, particularly African Christian history, thought and life and the interactions of Christianity with the indigenous religions of Africa.Publications include The Missionary Movement in Christian History (1996), African Christianity in the 1990s  (with Christopher Fyfe, 1996);  The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (2002) and Christian Mission in the 21st Century (with Cathy Ross, 2010). Founding Editor, Journal of Religion in Africa; Contributing Editor, International Bulletin of Missionary Research; Bibliographical Editor, International Review of Mission; General Editor, Methodist Missionary History Project.