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Dr. Jacob Erickson

Assistant Professor (School of Religion)


Ph.D. Drew University
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
M.A. Trinity College Dublin (jure officii)
B.A. St. Olaf College

Dr. Jacob J. Erickson (pronouns: he/him) is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin. A constructive theologian and theological ethicist, Erickson writes to evoke an ecotheology of planetary conviviality--the playful and just cherishing of life together--in the midst of current ecological crises, ecological injustice, emerging perspectives in the wake of global warming, and new challenges in energy production. Erickson has taught theology and ethics at Trinity since 2016, and also has served in a number of leadership roles in College, from the School's Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (2020-24), Director of Research (2016-18), and past Chair of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee (2017-20). Prior to Trinity, he taught Religion and Environmental Studies at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. Engaging questions of theology and the Anthropocene, he did his doctoral work at Drew University with Catherine Keller. In his writing, Erickson meditates on the complex relationships of earth and divinity, decolonial environmental ethics and queer theory, classical Christian theologies and contemporary constructive theopoetics. You can read an interview about his queer theology teaching here. He is currently working on an extended project on the intersections of global warming and theology called A Theopoetics of the Earth: Divinity in the Anthropocene and finishing up a manuscript on queer ecotheology, titled Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation. His book on climate grief and theopoetics is forthcoming with Fortress Press. He's a contributor to a number of academic books of theology, The Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches. His 2015 Religion Dispatches piece on Pope Francis' "climate encyclical" received a Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. He serves on the editorial board of Dialog: A Journal of Theology. Erickson is an active member of the American Academy of Religion and, with Prof. Marit Trelstad, he co-chairs the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit. He was recently appointed to the International Connections Committee which oversees AAR's International Grants competition. And he is also past chair of the Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit. Hear an extended interview with Prof. Erickson on the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast.

Modules Taught 2024-25:
REU22502 Creaturely Ethics: Humans and Other Animals; REU33531 Theology and the Climate Crisis; REU12522 Love and Justice: Intersections in Theology and Ethics; REU44312 Queer Theological Ethics

Prof. Erickson is currently open to receiving proposals for PhD and postgraduate research, especially in the areas of:
  • Constructive Theology, Theopoetics, and Ethics
  • Religion and Ecology, Ecotheology, Anthropocene Studies, Climate Ethics, Ecojustice, Ecospirituality, and the Environmental Humanities
  • Posthumanisms, Critical Animal and Plant Studies and Religion
  • Negative Theology, Mysticism, and Ethics
  • Queer Theory and Theology, Religion and Sexuality
  • Process Theology and Philosophy
  Affect Theory   Alfred North Whitehead   Animal Ethics   apophatic theology   Climate Change   Critical theory and Theology   Ecological Theology   ecotheology   Elephants   Environmental Ethics   Environmental Humanities   Feminist theology and philosophy   global warming   land art   Lutheranism   Martin Luther   Mysticism   negative theology   Paul Tillich   political ecology   poststructuralism   process philosophy   Process Theology   queer theology   Queer Theory   Religion   religion and science   Religion, Gender, and Sexuality   Sexuality   Theology   Theology   theopoetics
 A Contemplative Pedagogy for our More-Than-Human World

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Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit, American Academy of Religion, Co-Chair 2021 - Present
Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit, American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee Member 2018 - 2020
Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Co-Chair 2014 - 2020
Honors Examiner, Religion. Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA. 2021 -
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American Academy of Religion (Co-Chair of the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit)
European Forum for the study of Religion and the Environment
The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, Brill, 2024, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Epiphanic Ecologies: Queer Theopoetics for a Planet in Process, Center for Process Studies, 50th Anniversary, Claremont, California, February 15th-17, 2023, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, The Apophatic Botany of Agnes Arber: Toward a Vegetal Mysticism, American Academy of Religion Annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, USA, November 18-21, 2023, 2023, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, [Forthcoming, Working Title] On the Floodtide of History: Climate Grief and the Theopoetics of Planetary Feeling, (Under Contract with Fortress Press), 2022, Book, ACCEPTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Environmental Futures Roundtable Discussion, Philosophical Life of Plants, Bristol, UK, April 28th-29th, 2022, Notes: [The Philosophical Life of Plants is a research network funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, a five-way collaboration between various philosophy and literature departments, the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (London) and the Goethe- and Schiller-Archiv in Weimar.], Invited Talk, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Divine Hydrophilia: A Response to Just Water, Syndicate Theology, 2022, p1 - 10, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Jacob J. Erickson and Kris Kvam, Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit of the American Academy of Religion, AAR Annual Meeting, November 19th-22nd, 2022, Denver, Colorado, USA, Meetings /Conferences Organised, ACCEPTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Response to Michael Marder, The Garden and the Dump: Across More-than-Human Entanglements, Aarhus University (Virtual), Denmark, Sept. 15th-16th, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson and Kris Kvam, Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit, American Academy of Religion, November 20th - 23rd, In:American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2021, 2021, San Antonio, TX, usa, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Review of Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality, by John Chryssavgis , Reading Religion, 2021, Review, PUBLISHED  URL

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Jacob Erickson, Christ Made Flesh: Ecological Embodiment, Christologies of the People: Embodiment and Proclamation, Virtual, January 19th, 2023, Westar Institute, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Frances Flannery, Matt Williams, Karen Jeffares, Zand Craig, Gillian Kingston, Eco-justice and Peace on the Island of Ireland and Beyond, ISE at 50 Webinars, Zoom, 2nd June, 2022, Irish School of Ecumenics, Dong Jin Kim, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Wild Spirituality: Queer Grief and Grievance in an Age of Extinctions, Virtual, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, April 15th, 2021, Union Seminary, The Insight Project, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Tripp Fuller, Jacob J. Erickson, and Catherine Keller, Apocalypse and Process, A Process Party Live Stream, June 28th, 2021, Dr. Tripp Fuller of University of Edinburgh, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Jacob J. Erickson, Anti-Intellectualism and Science: From Vaccinations to Climate Change, LERU Summer School: Re-evaluating the Role of the Expert, Trinity College Dublin (Virtual), August 11th, 2021, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Specters of Sorrow: Eco-Grief, Ambiguous Loss, and Religious Creativity, 2021, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Aoife King (ed), Rita Duffy, CaitrĂ­ona Lally, Jacob J. Erickson, Donna Lyons et al., What the Pandemic Means: Perspectives from the Trinity Long Room Hub Covid-19 Blog Collection, 2021, - 1-56, Notes: [Artwork: Rita Duffy], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Jacob J. Erickson, 'Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology: Spotlights Podcast/Videocast', Episode 13, 2020, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Jacob J. Erickson, Echo Effects of a Groaning Creation: Environmental Despair and its Theopoetics, University of Glasgow Graduate Seminar, February 6th, 2020, School of Critical Studies, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Graduate Seminar, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, "Planetary Feeling: Theological Ethics and Ecospiritual Despair in an Era of Climate Crisis" Theology and Ethics Research Seminar, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 5th, 2020, Edinburgh School of Divinity , Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Fellow, Panentheism and Religious Life Project, John Templeton Foundation 2021
Fellow, Christ Seminar, Westar Institute 2021
Digital Salon on Theological Education, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion 2020-2021
Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize, Drew University May 2019
Wilbur Award - Religion Communicators Council April 2016
Human Rights Campaign Summer Institute Fellowship Award. HRC Scholarship and Mentorship Program for Religious and Theological Study. 2011
Grants for Advanced Theological Study, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 2010-11, 2011-12, 12-13, 13-14, 14-15
Kierkegaard Summer Research Fellowship - Kierkegaard Library, Northfield, MN, USA 2009
Junia Prize, St. Olaf College Religion Department May 2006