Thia Cooper


Professor Cooper teaches in the area of Religion, Culture, and Society. Her teaching and research interests include theology and liberation, theology and development, faith and practice in faith-based aid agencies, non-western Christianities, and religion in Latin America, particularly Brazil.

Her background lies in Development Studies as well as Theology. Cooper regularly presents scholarly papers in the U.S. and UK. Her first book Controversies in Political Theology: Development or Liberation was published with SCM Press in 2007. At Gustavus since 2005.


A.B. Brown University, 1996; MSc School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1997; M.Th. & Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999 & 2005

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-123 Faith, Religion, and Culture 15 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
REL-273 Latin Amer Rel and Pol 7 2018/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
REL-399 Senior Thesis 6 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
NDL-210 Community Action 6 2015/JN, 2013/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN
FTS-100 FTS:Why Multi Matters 5 2016/FA, 2014/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
REL-383 Liberation Struggles 4 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, and 2010/SP
REL-244 ST:Global Christians 4 2018/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/SP
GWS-260 Global Feminisms 3 2017/FA, 2015/FA, and 2013/FA
REL-344 ST:Sex, Race, Money 3 2014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2008/SP
REL-299 Sources and Methods 3 2014/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
REL-200 Sources and Methods 2 2016/FA and 2015/FA
LAS-399 LALACS Senior Capstone 2 2015/SP and 2014/SP
REL-293 God and Globalization 2 2013/FA and 2009/FA
NDL-244 ST:Global/Local 1 2011/SP