A native of South Korea, Myounghun Yun is pursuing a Ph.D degree in Religion, Psychology, and Culture program. He holds a B.A from Yonsei University in Korea and a M.Div. from Emory Candler School of Theology. Prior to his arrival in Nashville, he studied at Yale Divinity School with a focus on pastoral theology. His research project at Yale investigated the issues of interculturality and resiliency in marriage and family relationships.
Myounghun’s passion for studying pastoral care, counseling, and theology was sparked by his concern for what Christian beliefs have to do with real life, especially in East Asian/Korean contexts and how theology should respond to human needs and predicaments. His growing eagerness for thinking bilingually, in theology and social sciences (psychology), has been a way of pursuing this line of inquiry in interdisciplinary manners. Importantly, his academic interest in lived faith and practice is also inextricable from his pastoral experiences at Korean-American congregations and clinical training at various settings. During his years at Vanderbilt, his study has centered on pastoral theological exploration of men and masculinities with particular attention to the transformation of hegemonic and patriarchal masculinities and to the re-envisioning of post-patriarchal visions for familial and religious lives. He engages a critical and constructive dialogue with feminist psychoanalytic and social psychological discourses on gender/gender identity in the context of religious men’s movements.