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Jacob Erickson
Assistant Professor, Loyola Institute


Jacob J. Erickson previously taught Religion and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and was "Ecotheologian in Residence" at Mercy Seat Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. His work as a constructive theologian writes within the creative interdisciplinary fields of environmental humanities, Religion and Ecology, and ecotheology. He's a contributor to six academic books of theology, The Huffington Post, and Religion Dispatches. Alongside theologian Marion Grau, Erickson co-chairs the "Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction" section of the American Academy of Religion. His 2015 Religion Dispatches piece on Pope Francis' "climate encyclical" won the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacob J. Erickson, Whispering Forests, Sacred Groves: Welcome to Night Vale's Abominable New Animism, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 17th - 20th, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Jacob J. Erickson, Book Review of Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, Review of Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, by Lisa E. Dahill and James B. Martin-Schramm , Worldviews, 22, (3), 2018, p289-291 (3) Review, 2018 URL

Jacob J. Erickson and Marion Grau, Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit of the American Academy of Religion, November 18-21, In:AAR, 2017, Boston Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2017

"Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation" in, editor(s)Whitney A. Bauman , Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet., Punctum Books, 2017, pp55 - 80, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2017

Jacob J. Erickson, Atmospheric Flesh, Syndicate, (February), 2017, p1-4, 41-49 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Jacob J. Erickson, Promiscuous Vines: On the Queer Emergence of a Theological Botany, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 18-21, 2017, pp1-15 Conference Paper, 2017

"Theophanic Materiality: Political Ecology, Inhuman Touch, and the Art of Andy Goldsworthy" in, editor(s)Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein , Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality, New York, Fordham University Press, 2016, pp203 - 220, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2016

"Tools for Religious Conviviality: Ivan Illich, Process Thought, and Political Ecology on a Multireligious Planet." in, editor(s)Santiago Slabodsky and Roland Faber , Living Traditions and Universal Conviviality: Prospects and Challenges for Peace in Multireligious Communities, Lanham, MD, Lexington Books, 2016, pp183 - 196, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2016

"Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis' Faithful Ecology" in, editor(s)John B. Cobb, Jr., and Ignacio Castuera , For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato si', Anoka, MN, Process Century Press, 2015, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2015

"The Apophatic Animal: Towards a Negative Zootheological Imago Dei" in, editor(s)Stephen Moore , Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology, New York, Fordham University Press, 2014, pp88 - 99, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2014

"Doxological Diversities and Canticle Multiplicities: The Trinitarian Anthropologies of David H. Kelsey and Ivone Gebara" in, editor(s)Wesley Ariarajah and Chris Boesel , Divine Multiplicity: Trinities, Diversities and the Nature of Relation, New York, Fordham University Press, 2014, pp175 - 192, [Jacob J. Erickson] Book Chapter, 2014

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jacob Erickson, Feminist Theology and Theopoetics, Saint Olaf College, 4-1, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Research Expertise


Animal Ethics; Climate Change; Critical theory and Theology; Ecological Theology; ecotheology; Elephants; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Humanities; global warming; land art; Lutheranism; political ecology; poststructuralism; Queer Theory; Religion; religion and science; Religion, Gender, and Sexuality; Sexuality; Theology; Theology


Awards and Honours

Wilbur Award - Religion Communicators Council April 2016


American Academy of Religion

European Forum for the study of Religion and the Environment