Thia  Cooper Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Thia Cooper

Professor of Religion and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies
Gustavus Adolphus College

My 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. I regularly speak on issues in liberation theology and feminist theology. A.B. Brown University, 1996; MSc School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1997; M.Th. & Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999 & 2005


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Feminist Theology

Race, Class, and Abortion: How Liberation Theology Enhances the Demand for Reproductive Justice

Published: May 01, 2016 by Feminist Theology
Authors: Thia Cooper

The debate over abortion tends to be framed as life versus choice. Yet, neither pole matches the actual experiences of women, especially women of colour and poor women. Using the hermeneutical circle from the perspective of Christian liberation theology, this article argues that beginning with the voices of those marginalized in the debate leads us to a broader conversation of reproductive justice, which requires an analysis of reproduction as a whole.

Feminist Theology

Fair Trade Sex: Reflections on God, Sex, and Economics

Published: Dec 01, 2010 by Feminist Theology
Authors: Thia Cooper

God, sex, and economics are all intertwined. The sex trade crosses a spectrum from ‘high class’ escorts to sex slaves. In this market exists sexual poverty caused by injustice, the imbalance of sexual power between individuals and within structures. Theologically there is a harmful, top-down, and irrelevant theology that often ignores our sexuality. Liberation theology’s hermeneutical circle, a circle of action and reflection in community, can address sexual poverty.