Victor Thasiah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Office: Humanities 217

Victor Thasiah teaches in the fields of religion, ethics, theology, and politics. Areas of interest include: religion and political thought; Christian theology and ethics; human rights; climate change; global development (Africa); and community organizing. Dr. Thasiah is currently working on writing projects on political theology in Rwanda after genocide. He serves on the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) International Advisory Committee and CLU's Center for Equality and Justice steering committee. Dr. Thasiah is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and active in jail ministry.

Courses Taught

Religion and Political Thought

Violence, Religion, and Politics

Global Ethics and Development

Introduction to Christianity

Contemporary Christian Ethics

Church History and Theology (Oxford University)

The Problem of Evil (Elmhurst College)


  • Ph.D., Theology, Oxford University (2007)
  • Research Fellow, University of Tuebingen (1998)
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1997)
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1994)

Book Chapters

"Reconfiguring Church-State Relations: Toward a Rwandan Political Theology," in Lutheran Identity and Political Theology, eds. Carl Henric-Grenholm and Goran Gunner (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming).

"Freedom of Association: Organizing in Rwanda after Genocide," work-in-progress for a book on Lutheran perspectives on contemporary legal issues (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, forthcoming).


"Washing Your Ears: On Inter-Religious Friendships," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 11:3 (May/June 2011).

"Voluntary Poverty in the Economy of the Spirit," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 10:6 (June 2010).

"Trustworthiness: Infrastructuring a Better Chicago," AREA (Art, Research, Education, Activism) 10 (October 2010).


"Freedom of Association: Organizing in Rwanda after Genocide," Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues, Valparaiso University Law School, Chicago, March 27, 2014.

"Rwandan Lutheran Political Theology," Remembering the Past, Living the Future: Lutheran Tradition in Transition Conference, University of Uppsala, Sweden, October 9, 2013.

"Ethical, Religious, Anarchist Politics," Third International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, March 9, 2013.

"Second Realities: Karl Barth's Ethics and Socially-Engaged Art," Society of Christian Ethics (Pacific Meeting), February 10, 2012.

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform," Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, January 8, 2010.

"Faith and Immigration Reform," Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Briefing, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2009.


Review Essay: Christian Ethics as Witness, D. Haddorff (Cascade Books, 2010); and The Analogy of Grace, G. McKenny (Oxford University Press, 2010),  Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming).

Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch, J. Webster (Cambridge University Press, 2003) International Journal of Systematic Theology  6:4 (October 2004) 466-469.

Admiration and Challenge: Karl Barth's Theological Relationship with John Calvin, S. Chung (Peter Lang, 2002)  International Journal of Systematic Theology 6:1 (January 2004) 97-98.


Social Statement on Criminal Justice (Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2013). Advisor.

Draft Social Statement on Criminal Justice (Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2012). Advisor.

Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice (Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2011). Editor and Contributor.

Toward Compassionate, Just, and Wise Immigration Reform (Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2010). Author.


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