Ilsup Ahn

Ilsup Ahn
Professor of Philosophy

At North Park since: 2004

North Park University’s commitment to Christian values drew Ilsup Ahn to teach in the school’s philosophy department, which, he said, is a place where a student’s mind is challenged, reformed, and recharged for the life of truth, virtue, and service. As a faculty member, he plays an important part in that process.

“I believe a teacher’s role is to light a fire in the students’ intellectual curiosity and love toward truth,” he said. “Teaching is my vocation, and serving my students through teaching and research is my privilege.”

He has three teaching goals that he aims to accomplish in each class: to help his students develop their critical-thinking abilities by interacting with them in and outside of the classroom, to facilitate a learning environment in which students are comfortable sharing whatever ideas they may have about a subject with their peers, and to promote a transformational vision of our society and world by challenging students to engage in broad-ranging ethical issues.

Faith is important to Dr. Ahn, a specialist in philosophical and religious ethics. He addresses philosophical issues of justice and human rights to his students, who apply what they learn by engaging in various social issues in the Chicago area. “As a Christian ethicist, I understand and confess that the truth ultimately comes from God who is the source of all lives including the eternal life,” he said. “I believe that I am called to serve God by helping people live out the truth and choose the good.”

Dr. Ahn is a faculty advisor for North Park’s East Asian Student Association and is a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Christian Ethics. 


  • PhD, Ethics, University of Chicago
  • ThM, Theology, Emory University
  • MDiv, Theology, Emory University
  • BA, Philosophy, Yonsei University


  • Ilsup Ahn. Religious Ethics and Migration: Doing Justice to Undocumented Workers. New York, NY: Routledge (Nov. 15, 2013). 
  • Ilsup Ahn, Agnes Chiu, and William O’Neill. “And You Welcomed Me?: A Theological Response to the Militarization of the US-Mexico Borders and the Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants.” CrossCurrents 63.3 (Fall, 2013).
“I believe a teacher’s role is to light a fire in the students’ intellectual curiosity and love toward truth."