Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

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Tisha Rajendra, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Office #:  Crown Center 307

Phone: 773.508.2412

Email: trajendra@luc.edu

CV Link: Rajendra CV.pdf


Tisha M. Rajendra is the author of Migrants and Citizens: Justice as Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (Eerdmans, 2017) and has published academic articles in the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and Political Theology. Her writing for general audiences has been published in Sojourners and the Los Angeles Times.

She also teaches reading and is a volunteer literacy advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, singing classical music for mezzo-soprano and spending time with her eight-year-old twins.


Ph.D. in Theological Ethics, Boston College
M.T.S., Harvard University
B.A. in Linguistics, Bryn Mawr College

Program Areas


Research Interests

Her research areas include the ethics of migration, solidarity, virtue ethics, and philosophical and theological theories of justice. She is currently working on her second book, a volume on solidarity as practiced by fragmented selves in contexts of injustice.


Loyola University Chicago Faculty Research Leave of Absence, Fall 2019
2nd place in the Catholic Press Association 2018 Book Awards, Category: Immigration
Summer Research Stipend, Loyola University Chicago, 2012, 2016, 2020

Selected Publications

Migrants and Citizens: Justice as Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Press, 2017.

“Burdened Solidarity: The Virtue of Solidarity in Diaspora.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. 39 (2019):93-109.

“Justice as Responsibility to Central American Child Migrants” in Haker and Greening, eds. Going it Alone: Unaccompanied Minors and the Ethics of Child Migration. New York: Lexington Books, 2019, 183-200.

“Ambivalent Solidarity” with Laura Johnston in Ahern et al., eds., Public Theology and the Global Common Good: Essays in honor of David Hollenbach. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016, 120-130.

“The Rational Agent or the Relational Agent: Moving from Freedom to Justice in Migration Systems Ethics.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 18 (2015): 355-369.