Lukas Wissel

David B. Smith

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group Structures of Dependency in the Late Antique and Early Medieval
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn


  • Dependency Structures in Late Antique & Early Modern Christianity
  • LGBTQ Religious Histories 
  • Ecumenics & Comparative Ecclesiologies
  • Practical Theology (Youth Ministry, Religious Education & Pastoral Theology)
  • Public Theology & Christian Social ethics


  • 2021–2023                 Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2021–2024                 D. theol. in Protestant Theology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2019–2021                 M.A. in Ecumenical Studies, University of Bonn, Germany                           
  • 2016–2017                 Graduate Studies in Social Work as part of the M.Div./MSW Partnership, Princeton Theological Seminary and
                                          Rutgers University
  • 2014–2017                  M.Div. with a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women & Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, United States
  • 2010–2014                  B.A. in Religion & Philosophy, Montreat College, United States


Academic Positions

  • 2021–present             Research Associate in Research Group The Concept of Slavery in African History, University of Bonn, Germany 
  • 2021–present             Research Associate in Research Group Structures of Dependency in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Western
                                          Church, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014                             Research Assistant, Montreat College, United States
  • 2012–2014                 Bible & Religion Department Tutor, Montreat College, United States


  • 2020                    Prize of the Kopper-Foundation for outstanding theses (Preis des Stiftungsfonds Kopper für herausragende
  • 2020                    Nominee for the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Pries/German Academic Exchange Service
                                 Prize (DAAD Prize), Faculty of Protestant Theology at the University of Bonn
  • 2017                   Seward HiltnerAward in Theology & Personality, Faculty of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary

Collaborative Projects

  • BIMUN Emerging Scholars Journal. Inaugural Issue with Jussi Hanhimäki, ‘Seventy-Five Years of Uniting Nations, Fifteen Years of BIMUN’s Lecture Series’ Vol.1.1 (forthcoming, March 2021).

Recent Publications 

  •  Is Anyone else out there LGBTQ? – A Question for World Christianity in Human Sexuality & in God’s Canvas of Creation, Jayachitra Lalitha, (ed.) Christian World Imprints; New Delhi. Forthcoming, mid-2021.
  • The Deceitful Savior and the Emasculated King: Heterosexist Violence. In: Judges 3 (2016), Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 19 (1), 12–30.
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