Thia Cooper


Associate Professor in Religion; LALACS; Peace Studies; and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and Interim Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Faculty Associate in John S Kendall Center

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


LAS-399 (LALACS Senior Capstone) and REL-273 (Latin Amer Rel and Pol)

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
NDL-210Community Action62015/JN, 2013/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2008/JN
REL-273Latin Amer Rel and Pol52013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
FTS-100FTS:Why Multi Matters42014/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
REL-399Senior Thesis42013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
REL-344ST:Sex, Race, Money32014/FA, 2012/FA, and 2008/SP
REL-299Sources and Methods32014/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
REL-244God and Globalization32008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/SP
REL-383Liberation: 2/3 World22014/SP and 2010/SP
REL-293God and Globalization22013/FA and 2009/FA
LAS-399LALACS Senior Capstone12014/SP
GWS-260Global Feminisms12013/FA