Dr. Karl Donfried was educated at Columbia College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York, before obtaining his PhD in Theology from the University of Heidelberg.
He was first appointed to the faculty of Smith College in 1968 and served as the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature until 2005.
He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; and Yale University Divinity School in Connecticut, USA;, as well as been a member of The Theological Faculty of the University of Hamburg in Germany.
He has also taught at Brown University, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Assumption Colleges in the USA.
is an internationally-recognized New Testament scholar, and has written extensively for various journals and books.
current research projects continue to center around Thessalonians as well as Paul chronology and theology.
Dr. Donfried has been deeply involved in various aspects of the Ecumenical movement, both in its pastoral and scholarly dimensions, and in 1977, was elected by the Episcopal Bishop of Western Massachusetts to serve as Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral, a position he continues to hold.
Dr. Donfried has supported the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy since the early stages and is part of the Advisory Board of the Institute.