Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Julius-Kei Kato

Institutional Affiliation

Associate Professor of Biblical & Religious Studies

King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California S.S.L. (Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures), Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome B.A., Sophia University, Tokyo


Julius-Kei “JK” Kato is associate professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at King’s College-Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He has done graduate studies in Jerusalem (Hebrew University), Rome, where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures (S.S.L.) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1998, and Berkeley-California, where he received a Ph.D. in Systematic & Philosophical Theology (with a focus on hermeneutics) from the Graduate Theological Union in 2006. His past appointments include being Assistant Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo, and Visiting Professor of New Testament at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. He is the author of How Immigrant Christians Living in Mixed Cultures Interpret Their Religion (2012) and Religious Language and Asian [North] American Hybridity (2016). Both works deal with contextual hermeneutics and its application to biblical and theological themes.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Biblical & Religious Studies, King’s University College – Western University, London, Canada, 2007-Visiting Professor of New Testament, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan, 2016.Assistant Professor of New Testament, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 1999-2002.

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