Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Dannis Matteson




PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: "Creative Disobedience: A Critical Political Character Ethics for Delinking from Patterns of Racial and Religious Supremacy"


Hille Haker


Critiquing the overlap of white supremacy, capitalism and Christianity, specifically as it surfaces in Christian moral identity formation, Dorothee Sölle, critical character ethics, political-theological ethics, decoloniality, feminist ethics, climate justice


"Envisioning Security Beyond Kyriarchy," Society of Christian Ethics (Chicago, IL), January 2023

"Vulnerability, Integrity, and Ideologies of Security: Womanist and Feminist Approaches For Liberation Movements in the United States." Panel Presentation--Societas Ethica (Zürich, Switzerland), August 2022

“Delinking from Patterns of Supremacy with Creative Disobedience.” Panel presentation—Signs of the Times: Context, Contingency, Crisis Conference (Hank Center at Loyola University Chicago), April 2021

“Identifying Patterns of Racial and Religious Supremacy in Ministry.” Guest Lecture for Warburg Seminary, January 2021

“From White Guilt to Intentional Action: Deconstructing Roadblocks to White Allyship.” Panel presentation—Society of Christian Ethics (Washington, D.C.), January 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), February 2019

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


The Business of God: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Church Industrial Complex, Wipf and Stock, Forthcoming.

"Hopeless, Not Helpless: Young Catholics Face Climate Crisis," US Catholic, Nov. 22, 2021.

“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)


Fall 2022: Gender and Religion, Loyola University Chicago

Spring 2021: Christian Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Fall 2020: Christian Ethics, Loyola University Chicago

Spring 2020: Introduction to Christian Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Fall 2019: Introduction to Christian Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Spring 2015: Introduction to Feminist Theology, Saint Xavier University


Societas Ethica

Society of Christian Ethics

American Association of Religion

Political Theology Network

Feminist Studies in Religion


2020-Present: Graduate Student Representative for Loyola Theology Department Committee for Antiracism

2018, 2020, 2022: Graduate Student Caucus Retreat Facilitator

2019-2020: Graduate Student Caucus Co-Chair for Professional Development

2015-2018: Regular Contributor to DailyTheology.org

2016: Theology on Tap Speaker, Chicago, IL

2021-2013: Volunteer Workshop Co-Facilitator for StillPoint Theatre Collective, Chicago, IL


2020-Present: Organizer with Edgewater Mutual Aid Network, Chicago, IL

2017-Present: Founding team-member of EncounterPoint, A spiritual community and hospitality hub for individuals and groups to collaborate on spirituality and social justice initiatives

2015, 2016, 2018: Mentor for Catholics on Call Young Adult Conference at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

2014-2016: Program Coordinator for Catholic Common Ground Initiative at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

2015-2016: Hope House Community Coordinator at The Port Ministries, Chicago, IL

2013-2015: Campus Minister at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL

2011-2012: PeaceBuilders Intern at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

2009-2011: Health Care Justice Advocate for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Rochester, NY