Vic's main areas of interest are religious studies, environmental studies, and violence studies.
He is currently working on a book on what he calls environmental humanism, which develops an Asian-American philosophy of nature to support contemporary environmental stewardship in the United States.
Vic's earlier writing on Rwandan, faith-based, community organizing and grassroots democracy involved research throughout Rwanda in collaboration with former Rwandan refugees and survivors of genocide.
He is the chair of the Religion Department, and an affiliated faculty member in CLU's Environmental Studies Program.
Vic is also the founding executive director of Runners for Public Lands (RPL), a regional environmental stewardship lab (and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) where runners of all ages and abilities: deepen their understanding of the environment; practice hands-on environmental stewardship including advocacy and conservation; and organize and mobilize runners locally and beyond for environmental protection and restoration work. For more on this, see Brooke Warren, "When Passion Becomes Protection: Vic Thasiah Has Rallied Runners to Save the Environment," Trail Runner 144 (Spring, 2021), 14-15.
Certified California Naturalist
Ph.D., University of Oxford
Fresno City College
Selected Course Topics
Buddhism and Mindfulness
Religion and Social Change
Religion and Political Thought
Violence, Religion, and Politics
Global Environmental Activism
Religion, Identity, and Vocation
Book project on environmental humanism, which develops an Asian-American philosophy of nature to support contemporary environmental stewardship in the United States
"Religion, Forestry, and Democracy in Rwanda after Genocide," in Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, eds. Lisa E. Dahill and Jim Martin-Schramm (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2016). Review.
"The Right to Freedom of Association: Organizing in Rwanda after Genocide," in On Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues, eds. Marie A. Failinger and Ronald W. Duty (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016).
"Reconfiguring Rwandan Church-State Relations," in Lutheran Identity and Political Theology, eds. Carl Henric-Grenholm and Goran Gunner (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2014).
"Critically Engaging Public Officials in Rwanda," Studies in World Christianity 23:3 (2017), 257-280.
"On Inter-Religious Friendships," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 11:3 (May/June 2011).
"On Voluntary Poverty," Journal of Lutheran Ethics 10:6 (June 2010).
"Trustworthiness: Infrastructuring a Better Chicago," AREA (Art, Research, Education, Activism) 10 (October 2010).
"Toward an Asian-American Philosophy of Nature: Thich Nhat Hanh on Wildness and Wellness," American Academy of Religion (Western Region), March 20, 2021.
"Trail Running and Climate Action" (keynote), 2020 U.S. Trail Running Conference, Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 21, 2020.
"Trail Running and Environmental Stewardship," and "Trail Running and Trail Access," Panelist, U.S. Trail Running Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, October 23, 2019.
"Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on Decolonizing Your Mind," American Academy of Religion, Denver, Colorado, November 19, 2018.
"Incubating Democracy in Development in Rwanda," Religion and Power: New Directions in Social Ethics Conference, Princeton University, March 12, 2015. Invited presentation.
"'Things Are Not Okay in Rwanda If You Shut Up': Community Organizing Practices and Human Rights Advocacy after Genocide," Society of Christian Ethics, Chicago, January 11, 2015.
"Countering Complicity: Rwandan Political Theology after Genocide," American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November 23, 2014.
"The Right to Freedom of Association: Organizing in Rwanda after Genocide," Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues, Valparaiso University Law School, Chicago, March 27, 2014.
"Toward a Rwandan Political Theology," Remembering the Past, Living the Future: Lutheran Tradition in Transition Conference, University of Uppsala, Sweden, October 9, 2013.
"On Religious Anarchism," 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.
"On 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.
$500 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Grant, March, 2021.
2021 Mile 26 Running Company Charity Partner
2020 AllWeDoIsRun Conservation Partner (Runners for Public Lands)
2020 Spartan Trail Nonprofit Conservation Partner (Runners for Public Lands)
$1,000 HOKA Nonprofit Grant, January, 2020.
$4,500 Nonprofit Grant, Ventura Turkey Trot, December, 2019.
$2,000 Nonprofit Grant, Ventura Marathon, November, 2019.
$1,800 HOKA Nonprofit Grant, October, 2019.
$40,000 Sabbatical Research Grant, Louisville Institute, 2017-2018
$5,000 CLU Faculty Research Grant, 2014
$5,000 Wabash Summer Research Grant, 2013