Luke Beck Kreider

Doctoral Student


  • Yale Divinity School: M.A.R., ethics concentration (2012)
  • Goshen College: B.A. (2008)

Research Interests

I am interested in environmental theologies and ethics, with a particular focus on how Christian communities interpret and embody their traditions to respond to environmental issues in contexts of moral/cultural pluralism and/or conflict. I am also interested in the inter-relations of religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. My research considers how these two fields--environmental theology/ethics and peace/conflict studies--can inform each other. I am also interested in Christian thought, political theologies, global ethics, the civil rights movement, and methods in religious ethics.


  • From Spring 2013 to Spring 2014, I was sole instructor for seven courses at Goshen College (Environmental Theologies & Ethics; War, Peace & Nonresistance; Religion, Conflict & Peace; Peace Studies Junior Seminar; Violence & Nonviolence; MLK Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement; and Dynamics & Theology of Reconciliation).
  • I also taught an introduction to "world religions" at Defiance College (Fall 2012).
  • At UVA, I have been a TA for James Childress (Theology, Ethics & Medicine) and currently Willis Jenkins (Religion, Ethics & Environment).

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Marquand Scholarship (Yale Divinity School, 2009-2011)
  • Edward Ashley Walker Scholarship (Yale Divinity School, 2011-2012)
  • Mary Cady Tew Prize (Yale University, 2009-2010)


  • "Mennonite Ethics and the Ways of the World," MQR 86, no. 4 (Oct. 2012): 465-492.

Luke Beck Kreider

Doctoral Student