Victor Thasiah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Office: Humanities 217

Victor Thasiah's courses in the humanities relate moral, political, and religious thought and practice. He specializes in the history of religion and political theory, Christian theology and ethics, and community organizing theory and practice. Dr. Thasiah has spent the last two summers conducting ethnographic research across Rwanda, and is currently co-authoring a book with Rwandans John Rutsindintwarane and Innocent Rugaragu on community organizing in relation to development, democracy, human rights, postgenocide recovery, and church-state issues. In connection to his teaching and research, Dr. Thasiah serves on the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) International Advisory Board, California Lutheran University's Center for Equality and Justice Steering Committee, and volunteers at the Ventura County Jail. Before coming to CLU in 2011, he worked as the Director of Social Policy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Editor of Journal of Lutheran Ethics.



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)
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