Thia Cooper


Associate Professor in Religion; Peace Studies; and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Associate in John S Kendall Center; and Director in LALACS

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


REL-244 (ST:Global Christians), REL-273 (Latin Amer Rel and Pol), and REL-383 (Liberation Struggles)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-123Faith, Religion, and Culture152014/SP, 2013/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA
REL-399Senior Thesis62017/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
REL-273Latin Amer Rel and Pol62015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
NDL-210Community Action62015/JN, 2013/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN
FTS-100FTS:Why Multi Matters52016/FA, 2014/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
GWS-260Global Feminisms32017/FA, 2015/FA, and 2013/FA
REL-383Liberation Struggles32016/SP, 2014/SP, and 2010/SP
REL-299Sources and Methods32014/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
REL-344ST:Sex, Race, Money32014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2008/SP
REL-244God and Globalization32008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/SP
REL-200Sources and Methods22016/FA and 2015/FA
LAS-399LALACS Senior Capstone22015/SP and 2014/SP
REL-293God and Globalization22013/FA and 2009/FA