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Dr. Jacob Erickson

Assistant Professor (School of Religion)


Ph.D. Drew University
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
B.A. Saint Olaf College

Dr. Jacob J. Erickson (pronouns: he/him) is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion at Trinity College Dublin and Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School. 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 in the School of Religion since 2016, and has served as the School's Director of Research as well as chair of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Faculty Research Ethics Committee. 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. And with Dr. Filipe Maia, he co-chairs the Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit for the American Academy of Religion. Hear an extended interview with Prof. Erickson on the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast below:

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
Jacob J. Erickson, [Forthcoming, Working Title] On the Floodtide of History: Climate Grief and the Theopoetics of Planetary Feeling, (Under Contract with Fortress Press), 2021, Book, ACCEPTED
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, APPROVED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Review of Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality, by John Chryssavgis , Reading Religion, 2021, Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Composting Christ: A Response to Tripp Fuller's Divine Self-Investment, Christ Among the Disciplines: An Online, Interdisciplinary Conference on Christology, Virtual, November 18-24, 2020, Conference Paper, PRESENTED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Process Theology: Response to John Cobb and Catherine Keller, Theology in a Time of Crisis, University of Edinburgh (Virtual), June 24th, 2020, University of Edinburgh, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, An eschatology for today's world, SEARCH, 42, (2), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Grief and New Creation: Theopoetics for a Pandemic, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2020, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Review of Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice for an Entangled World , by Krista E. Hughes, Dhawn B. Martin, and Elaine Padilla , Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2020, Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, Review of Christianity in a Time of Climate Change, by Kristen Poole , Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2020, Review, PUBLISHED  URL
Jacob J. Erickson, On the Perpetual Desire for Oil: Apophatic Excess, Toxic Creativity, and a Spirituality of Prospective Failure, Religion/Water/Climate: Changing Cultures and Landscapes; International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (ISSRNC), Cork, Ireland, June 13-16, 2019, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED

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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
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
Jacob J. Erickson, Plagues and Pandemics: Behind the Headlines, Dublin, Ireland, March 26th, 2020, Trinity Long Room Hub, Notes: [Dr Ida Milne, Dr. Brendan O'Connell, Prof. Luke O'Neill, and Dr. Jacob Erickson offer multidisciplinary perspectives on plagues and pandemics in the time of COVID-19: With Governments the world over taking extraordinary emergency measures to curb the spread and impact of this new virus, we seek to understand what might be learned from past occurrences of plagues and pandemics as we approach Covid-19 today. Bringing together our customary multi-disciplinary panel, we will discuss the Black Death, the 1918 'Spanish' flu, ethics and epidemics, immunology and the work currently underway by scientists, public health officials, individuals and society as a whole to tackle this pandemic.], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jacob J. Erickson, Encountering the Other: Lutheran Theology,, Religious Ministry Formation Programme, March 19th, 2020, Loreto House, Notes: [Given virtually due to new measures responding to COVID-19], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Prof Naomi Oreskes, Prof. Linda Doyle, Dr Susan Murphy, Dr. Jacob J. Erickson, Why Trust Science Panel, Tent of Bad Science - European Researchers' Week, Trinity College Dublin, November 24th, 2020, 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