An ordained pastor of the ELCA, Mark Swanson teaches in the areas of Christian-Muslim studies and early/medieval church history, and directs the Interfaith Emphasis at LSTC. Before coming to the great ecumenical and interfaith meeting-place that is the city of Chicago (and the neighborhood of Hyde Park), Swanson taught at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.,(1998-2006) and at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt (1984-1998, with frequent visits since). His research interests include the history of Christian-Muslim relations, medieval Egyptian church history, and early Arabic Christian literature.

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