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Center for Religious Studies

Wood Building, Room 124
Mailing address:
Martin 236, Warrensburg, MO 64093

Catherine Burris
Assistant Professor and Director
Phone: 660.543.8674


Hwang, Helen

Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, native of Korea, earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Women's Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, California. Soon after graduating from Ewha Women's University in Korea, with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1985, she became a Maryknoll missionary and worked in Korea, New York, and the Philippines, while studying Scripture, spirituality, feminist theology, Latin American studies, and intercultural women's studies at Maryknoll School of Theology, New York, and in the Philippines.

A Scholar and Educator

She returned to her graduate studies in Claremont Graduate University in 1997 to pursue her second dream of becoming a scholar and teacher. She took courses on a wide range of topics in religious studies and women's studies and came to focus on her own cultural and religious traditions of East Asia for the second half of her doctoral study. Her research specializes in Magoism, a trans-national East Asian gynocentric cultural matrix that venerates Mago as the Great Goddess. Magoism is a tradition that originates in pre-patriarchal times of East Asia and has survived in various forms in Korea, China, and Japan.

Professional Activities

Dr. Hwang has published many articles and essays, delivered speeches, and organized innovative projects locally and internationally. She is based in southern California and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in several universities. She also teaches an online course in Women's Studies at Central Missouri.

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