Central American Studies

An Yountae, Ph.D.

Prof. Yountae An
Assistant Professor
Office location:
Santa Susana 229


An Yountae specializes in Religions of the Americas with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.  His research focuses on the construction of religion, race, and political identity in colonial and postcolonial Americas.  Dr. An received his Ph.D. in Philosophical Studies of Religion at Drew University and he has previously taught in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College, PA.

Dr. An's first book, The Decolonial Abyss (Fordham University Press, 2016) rethinks the relation between mysticism and politics by putting Neoplatonic mystical thought into conversation with continental philosophy and Afro-Caribbean philosophy.  He is currently co-editing a book on Race, Coloniality, and Philosophy of Religion.  He teaches courses on World Religions, Religion and Race, Religion and Migration, and Central American Religious Movements.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. An is a member of the steering committee of both World Christianities Group and Liberation Theologies Group at the American Academy of Religion.  He is also on the Editorial Board of Horizontes Decoloniales.



The Decolonial Abyss:  Mysticism and Cosmopolitics from the Ruins (Fordham University Press, 2016)

In the Image of Man:  Race, Coloniality, and Philosophy of Religion, Co-editor with Eleanor Craig (Duke University Press, Forthcoming)

Decolonial Epiphanies: Race, Secularism, and Coloniality in the Americas (Work in Progress)

Book Chapters and Articles

"Secularity and Decoloniality in the Americas: Theorizing Religion through the Analytic of Modernity/Coloniality"  (Under Review)

"Slaves by Nature:  Liberal Humanism and Necropolitical Theology," Africana Religious Studies, Kenneth Ngwa, ed.  (New York:  Fordham University Press, Forthcoming).

"Decolonizing the Cosmopolis:  Cosmopolitanism and the Troubling Notion of the Human," Decolonial Christianities, Raimundo Barreto and Roberto Sirvent, eds.  (New York:  Palgrave Press, Forthcoming)

"Postcolonial/Decolonial Theology," The Handbook of Radical Theology, edited by Jordan Miller and Christopher Rodkey (New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)

"Secularism meets Coloniality:  Mariategui's Andean Political Theology," Political Theology.  Vol 18.  Issue 8.  2017.

"Passion for Exile: Thinking Liberation Theology between Solitude and Solidarity," SIWO, Vol 10, No 1, 2016:35-59.

"From Exile to Cosmopolitics:  Creolizing the Spiritual After Trauma," Horizontes Decoloniales, Vol 1, No 1, 2015.

"Breaking from Within:  The Dialectic of Labor and the Death of God," Common Goods:  Economy, Ecology, Political Theology, edited by Melanie Johnson-DeBeaufre, Catherine Keller, and Elias Ortega Aponte (New York:  Fordham University Press, 2015)

"Beginning in the Middle:  Deleuze, Glissant, and Colonial Differenece," Culture, Theory and Critique Vol 55, Issue 3, 2014.

"Anzaldua's Animal Abyss:  Mestizaje and the Late Ancient Imagination," Co-authored with Peter Anthony Mena, in Divinanimality:  Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, edited by Stephen Moore (New York:  Fordham University Press, 2014)

"Decolonizing Home:  Re-Envisioning Nomadic Identities at the Border of Globalization," Apuntes Vol 31, No 2 (Summer 2011)

Book Reviews

Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology by Craig Hovey and Elizabeth Phillips, Political Theology, Issue 6, Vol 17, 2016

Spiritual Bankruptcy:  A Prophetic Call to Action by John B. Cobb Jr., Religious Studies Review, Vol 38, Issue 4, December 2013