Victor Thasiah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Victor Thasiah teaches in the fields of religion, theology, politics, and ethics. Areas of interest include: political theology; Christian ethics; violence; human rights; global development (Africa); contemporary anarchism; incarceration issues; and immigration policies. Dr. Thasiah is currently working on writing projects concerning religion, human rights, democracy, and development in post-genocide Rwanda. He is a member of the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) International Advisory Committee and the steering committee of the Center for Equality and Justice at California Lutheran University.
- 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)
Violence, Religion, and Ethics
Introduction to Christianity
Contemporary Christian Ethics
Christianity and Global Politics
Church History and Theology (Oxford University)
The Problem of Evil (Elmhurst College)
"Rwandan Lutheran Political Theology," inLutheran Tradition in Transition(Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications), forthcoming.
"Human Rights and Political Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda," work-in-progress for a book on Lutheran perspectives on contemporary legal issues.
"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).
"Human Rights and Political Theology in Post-Genocide Rwanda," 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.