Dr. Jon P. Kirby S.V.D.

As an applied anthropologist, my research interests include African oral art, languages and cultures, African religion and indigenous knowledge, popular expressions of Christianity and Islam, and intercultural exchange. I have a BA (double major) in philosophy and sociology, with a minor in fine art, an MA (religious symbolism) from De Paul University, an MDiv from CTU, and MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge, UK. After ordination (1971) I worked in Ghana for 11 years as a “bush missionary” learning the languages and cultures of four different groups, and for 25 years as a teacher/researcher and founder-director of the Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (TICCS). TICCS offers cross-cultural training and conducts research for ministry and development. I also taught at the University for Development Studies-Tamale, CTU, Boston University and Redlands University. I was a research fellow at the Cambridge Institute for African Studies, and was the Chair of Mission and Cross-Cultural Studies at Washington Theological Union, DC. until it closed in 2010. Since then, I have specialized in interculturality training and resolving intercultural conflict for which I use “action methods” derived from psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy of which I am a certified practitioner and trainer through the ASGPP. I have published more than 60 articles, 9 books and edited 16.


Jon P. Kirby