Victor Thasiah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Office: Humanities 217

Victor Thasiah's courses in the humanities relate moral, political, and religious discourse and practice. He specializes in the history of religion and politics, Christian theology and ethics, and community organizing theory and practice. Dr. Thasiah is working on a book titled "Organized Religion: Reimagining Christianity after Genocide," based on his field research on grassroots organizing in Rwanda. He serves on the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) International Advisory Board - both strategizing and documenting organizing efforts in Rwanda - and on California Lutheran University's Center for Equality and Justice Steering Committee. Before coming to CLU in 2011, Dr. Thasiah was the Director of Social Policy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Editor of Journal of Lutheran Ethics. 

Courses Taught

Religion and Power

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)