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Barry Penn Hollar

Discipline: Religion

Barry Penn Hollar is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University, where he has taught since 1990. He took his Ph. D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia after earning an M. A. in Policy Sciences and Public Affairs and an M. Div. at Duke University. Dr. Penn Hollar has extensive international experience, especially in Latin America. He lived in Argentina for fifteen months studying Liberation Theology and doing human rights work at the end of the country’s “Dirty War.” As part of his Argentine experience, he visited Uruguay, Chile, Peru, and Nicaragua. He has also participated in conferences and consultations in Brazil, Mexico, Russia, and the Czech Republic. At Shenandoah University, in addition to his teaching, Dr. Penn Hollar has been Faculty-in-Residence, Coordinator of the Citizen Scholars Program, and Advisor to the University’s Ethics Bowl Team. He was honored for his contributions to the University with a Wilken’s Appreciation Award in 2000. He has published an entry on “Methodism and War” in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Religion and War. Earlier he wrote On Being the Church in the United States: Contemporary Theological Critiques of Liberalism that focused on the intersections between theology and political theory.