Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Dannis Matteson




PhD Candidate


Hille Haker


political-theological ethics, decolonial ethics, feminist ethics, critiquing the intersection of white supremacy, capitalism and Christianity, Dorothee Sölle, concepts of human freedom, autonomy, and how they limit or promote liberative political action


“From White Guilt to Intentional Action: Deconstructing Roadblocks to White Allyship.” Panel Presentation—Society of Christian Ethics (Washington, D.C.), Upcoming in Jan., 2020.

“Digital Activism at the Expense of Humanity? How Digitalized Consumerism Jeopardizes Human Potency for Responsibility and Agency in a Digital Context.” Paper Presentation – Societas Ethica (Tutzing, Germany) June, 2019

“Doing Our Own Work: A Model of Theo-Ethics for Those Situated ‘On The Side of The Oppressor.’” Paper presentation—Loyola Marquette Graduate Theology Colloquium (Chicago, IL), Feb. 2019

 “The Theopoet(h)ics of Dorothee Sölle.” Paper presentation –Society of Christian Ethics (Portland, OR), Jan. 2018 

“Climate Change, ‘Population Dynamics,’ and Family Planning: Ethical Questions Raised by Feminist Scholars and the Catholic Church Alike.” Poster presentation—Climate Justice: The Struggle for our Common Home (Chicago, IL), March 2017


“Youth Leadership: Why The Next Generation is Key to Cultivating Globally Sustainable Selves” in Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self: How the Human Species Might Fulfill its Potential, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“Hope Requires Participants: Dorothee Sölle’s Task and Warning for the Trump Era.” 2018 in New Theology Review, Vol. 30., No. 20 (2018).

“Review of The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Vol 38, No. 2 (2018).

Contributor to Healing Earth, a free, online living textbook which integrates environmental science, ethics, and spirituality


M.A. in Theology – Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (2014)

B.A. in German Language and Literature; Cultural Anthropology – Nazareth College of Rochester (2008)


Introduction to Christian Theology, Loyola University Chicago (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020) - emphasis on the personal and political dimensions of the concept of faith

Introduction to Feminist Theology, Saint Xavier University (Spring 2015)


Societas Ethica

Society of Christian Ethics

American Association of Religion

Political Theology Network

Feminist Studies in Religion


Member of founding team for EncounterPoint (August 2017-Present)--A hub for individuals and groups to collaborate on spirituality and social justice initiatives

Graduate Student Caucus Retreat Facilitator (2020-2021)

Graduate Student Caucus Co-Chair for Professional Development (2019-2020)

Graduate Student Caucus Retreat Facilitator (2018)