Luke Kreider Religious Studies

Luke Beck Kreider

Doctoral Candidate


  • University of Virginia: Doctoral Candidate in Theology, Ethics & Culture
  • Yale Divinity School: MA in Ethics
  • Goshen College: BA in Religion; Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies

Research Interests

Luke Beck Kreider works in religious ethics and the environmental humanities, focusing on environmental and political thought in the Christian tradition. His primary areas of teaching and research include religion & ecology, environmental ethics, religion & conflict/peace studies, and Christian social thought. At UVA he helped to design and administer a new interdisciplinary Master’s concentration in Religion, Politics & Conflict, and his research in the environmental humanities has been supported by grants from the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Institute for the Humanities & Global Cultures. His dissertation puts environmental and political theologies in critical conversation about a range of connections between environmental change and violence, introducing “ecologies of violence” as a problem for Christian ethics.


  • University of Virginia, Teaching & Programs Assistant in Religion, Politics and Conflict (2016-18)
    • Proseminar in Religion, Politics and Conflict
    • Practicum in Religion, Politics and Conflict
  • University of Virginia, Teaching Assistant (2014-18)
    • Religion, Ethics and Environment
    • Global Ethics and Climate Change

    • Religion, Violence and Strategy

    • Theology, Ethics and Medicine

    • Theological Bioethics

  • Goshen College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies (2013-2014)
    • Religion, Conflict and Peace

    • Dynamics and Theologies of Reconciliation

    • War, Peace and Nonresistance
    • Violence and Nonviolence
    • MLK Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement
    • Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Junior Seminar
  • Goshen College, Adjunct Professor of Religion (2013)
    • Environmental Theologies and Ethics
  • Defiance College, Adjunct Instructor of Religion (2012)
    • Approaches to Religion


  • “Religion and Climate Change,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, forthcoming, (with Willis Jenkins and Evan Berry).
  • “Mennonite Ethics and the Ways of the World,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 86, no. 4 (Oct. 2012), 465-492.
  • Assistant Editor, The Routledge Handbook of Religion & Ecology, ed. Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (Routledge, 2016).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Humanity after Nature: Human Rights and Ecological Restoration,” (presented at Theorizing Human Nature: Bridge, Barrier, or Both? South Bend, University of Notre Dame, Feb. 25-27, 2018).
  • “Varieties of Anabaptist Environmentalism and the Challenge of Environmental Racism,” (presented at Rooted & Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, April 20-22, 2017).
  • “Climate Justice, Political Reconciliation, and Religious Ethics,” (presented at the American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Regional Meeting, March 3-5, 2017).
  • “Moral Development and the Islamic Ethics of Pluralism,” (presented at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, September 24- 25, 2015).

Fellowships, Honors, and Grants

  • Research Grant, for “Ecological Methods Lab,” Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, Buckner W. Clay Endowment For the Humanities, University of Virginia, 2017.
  • Graduate Environmental Resilience Fellow, Environmental Resilience Initiative, University of Virginia, 2016.
  • Second Prize, for “Ecological Violence and Political Reconciliation,” Huskey Research Exhibition, 2016.
  • Baden-Württemberg Exchange Fellowship, University of Heidelberg, Theology Faculty, 2012.
  • Mary Cady Tew Prize for Excellence in Ethics, Yale Divinity School, 2011.