Ilsup Ahn

Professor of Philosophy

Professor Ilsup Ahn has three core teaching goals: for his students develop critical-thinking abilities by interacting with them in and outside of the classroom; to facilitate a learning environment where students are comfortable sharing ideas; and to promote a transformational vision of our society by engaging in broad-ranging ethical issues.

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

Faith is important to Professor Ahn, a specialist in philosophical and religious ethics. He addresses philosophical issues of justice and human rights and students 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. I believe that I am called to serve God by helping people live out the truth and choose the good,” says Professor Ahn.

Recent Publications

Ahn, Ilsup. Religious Ethics and Migration: Doing Justice to Undocumented Workers. New York, NY: Routledge. 2013.

Ahn, Ilsup. 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. 2013.

Ahn, Ilsup. Just Debt & Unjust Credit. Baylor University Press. 2017.

Ahn, Ilsup. Asian American Christian Ethics: Voices, Methods, Issues. Baylor University Press (coedited with Grace Kao). 2015.

Ahn, Ilsup. Religious Ethics and Migration: Doing Justice to Undocumented Workers. Routledge. 2013.


1. Stead Lecture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

September 27th, 2016

Just Debt & Unjust Credit: The Quest for Monetary Justice in an Age of Neoliberalism

2. The New Story of Work Conference

April 15th, 2016

The Globalization of Labor and the Limits of Sovereignty: Immigration and the Politics of Forgiveness

3. Carnegie Council Global Ethics Forum in NY

October 21st, 2015

The Concept of Humane Democracy and a New Global Order