Dr. Gina A. Zurlo - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Gina A. Zurlo

Adjunct Faculty of World Christianity and Mission, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity

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First Year at Gordon-Conwell:

Gina A. Zurlo holds a PhD in History and Hermeneutics from Boston University School of Theology (2017). She is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA) and Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, crossing between history, sociology, and World Christianity with particular interest in women’s experiences of Christianity and church life worldwide. She’s an active member of the Religious Research Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. At Gordon-Conwell she teaches courses on World Christianity, women in World Christianity, and American religious history. Dr. Zurlo is the co-editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and associate editor of the World Religion Database (Brill)Her latest book, with Todd Johnson, is the third edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), which covers the history and current status of Christianity in every country of the world down to the denominational level. Her current research project is on women in World Christianity, which looks at what church-based activities women are engaged in worldwide. Dr. Zurlo also has a forthcoming book with Zondervan, Christianity Around the World, which is a popular reference work to introduce readers to the state of Christianity in every nation of the world, complete with colorful maps and graphs. Dr. Zurlo is married with two kids and attends Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham (Episcopal).


  • BM (Ithaca College)
  • MAR (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • PhD (Boston University School of Theology)

Selected List of Publications

  • Global Christianity: A Guide to the World’s Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Zondervan, 2022.
  • World Christian Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. Co-edited with Todd M. Johnson. Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
  • World Christian Database. Co-edited with Todd M. Johnson. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2020.
  • World Religion Database. Edited by Todd M. Johnson and Brian J. Grim. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2020. (Associate Editor)
  • “World Christianity and Mission 2020: Ongoing Shift to the Global South” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson and Peter F. Crossing). International Bulletin of Mission Research 44(1) (2020): 8-19.
  • “The Study of World Christianity Past, Present, and Future: History, Theology, Social Sciences, and Beyond.” Journal of World Christianity 9(1) (2019): 34–47.
  • “Christianity 2019: What’s Missing? A Call for Further Research” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson and Peter F. Crossing). International Bulletin of Mission Research 43(1) (2019): 92–102.
  • Yearbook of International Religious Demography. Co-edited with Brian J. Grim, Todd M. Johnson and Vegard Skirbekk. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018, 2017, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
  • “More than Numbers: David B. Barrett and the Twentieth-Century Historiography of World Christianity.” Journal of World Christianity 8(2) (2018): 89–108.
  • “The Legacy of David B. Barrett.” International Bulletin of Mission Research 42(1) (2018): 29–39.
  • “Christianity 2018: More African Christians and Counting Martyrs” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson, Albert W. Hickman and Peter F. Crossing). International Bulletin of Mission Research 42(1) (2018): 20–28.
  • “Barrett, David B.” In Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Boston University, 2017, https://dacb.org/stories/kenya/barrett-david/.
  • “Indigenous and Vernacular Christianity” (co-written with Michele S. Sigg and Eva M. Pascal). Pages 664-682 in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity. Edited by Lamin Sanneh and Michael McClymond. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
  • “Migration, Diasporas, and Diversity: A Demographic Approach.” Pages 49-67 in Scattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology. Edited by Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.
  • “Addams, Jane,” “Eddy, Mary Baker,” and “Smith, Amanda Berry.” In Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Edited by Mark A. Lamport and George T. Kurian. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.
  • “Unaffiliated, Yet Religious: A Methodological and Demographic Analysis” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson). Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion 7 (2016): 50–74.
  • “The Demographics of Global Evangelicalism.” Pages 34-47 in Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century. Edited by Brian Stiller, Todd M. Johnson, Karen Stiller, and Mark Hutchinson. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015.
  • “The Social Gospel, Ecumenical Movement, and Christian Sociology: The Institute of Social and Religious Research.” The American Sociologist 46(2)(2015): 117–193.
  • “Embezzlement in the Global Christian Community” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson and Albert W. Hickman). The Review of Faith & International Affairs 13(2) (2015): 74–84.
  • “Christian Martyrdom as a Pervasive Phenomenon” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson). Society 51(6) (2014): 679–685.
  • “Ongoing Exodus: Tracking the Emigration of Christians from the Middle East” (co-written with Todd M. Johnson). Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy III (2013–2014): 39–49.

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