Hans Gustafson joined the Jay Phillips Center as the assistant director in June 2011. He became the associate director in 2013 and the director in 2017. Prior to joining the Jay Phillips Center, Hans taught courses in religious studies, philosophy, and theology at several institutions including Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, St. Cloud State University, and Minnesota State University.
In addition to being the director of the Jay Phillips Center, Hans serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of St. Thomas, teaching courses that focus on interreligious relations, world religions, and religious identity. He holds master degrees in both theology and philosophy, and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Hans enjoys teaching and researching in the area of interreligious studies, and promoting interfaith collaboration and solidarity among students and others served by the Jay Phillips Center.