Victor Thasiah teaches in the fields of religion, ethics, theology, and politics. Areas of interest include: the history of religion and political thought; Christian theology and ethics; and community organizing and development. He has spent the last two summers in Rwanda conducting research on religion and politics after the genocide, and is currently working on writing projects based on this research.
Dr. Thasiah serves on the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) International Advisory Committee and California Lutheran University's Center for Equality and Justice Steering Committee; and volunteers at the Ventura County Jail and with Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally (VCCOOL).
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)
"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).
"The Right to 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).
"Religion, Democracy, and Organizing in Rwanda," Society of Christian Ethics, January, 2015.
"Countering Complicity: Rwandan Political Theology after Genocide," American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November, 2014.
"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 33:1 (Spring/Summer 2013) 192-194.
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.