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Therese Marie Ignacio Bjørnaas

Seksjon for religion, livssyn og etikk


Assistant professor in "Religion, World Views and Ethics in Early Childhood Education"

(Bachelors and Masters Level)

Steering Committee, Women’s Religious Studies group at the Graduate Theological Union and the Gender Women’s Studies group at UC Berkeley

Associate Editor (systematic theology and philosophy), Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology



BA, Religionsvitenskap, NTNU, Trondheim, Norge

MA, Practical Theology, Barry University, Miami, Florida

Certificate in Islamic Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU, Berkeley, California

Ph.D, Systematic Theology and Philosophy, (est., 2018), GTU/UC, Berkeley, California


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Earlier and Current Research Includes:

Theological anthropology, theological pedagogy, Disability theology/studies, Aristotelian-Thomistic studies, Catholic gender and sexuality studies, LGBT studies, post-colonial studies, national identity in the Philippines and Norway, Islamic studies, islamophobia and racism, mixed-race studies, feminist theology, third-world feminism, liberation theology



“God and the Human Encounter in the Theologies of Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner,” Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, Vol. 40, No. 1, Spring (2016): 69-83.

“Saving Muslim Women: A Feminist-Postcolonial Critique of Veiling Legislation in Norway,” Islamophobia Studies Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Fall (2015): 78-89.

Analysis of Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology, Vol. 1, Vol. 1, Issue 1, (2015): 100-102

"Disability and the imago Trinitatis," Nytt Norsk Kirkeblad, Vol 5, Issue, 1, (2016): 35-45

Conference Articles:

“White feminism and Islamophobia in Norwegian Politics” presented at the Racism Studies Conference at Uppsala University, 11-13 October 2017, Uppsala Sweden (forthcoming)

“Catholic Anthropology and Cognitive Disability: Rational Capacities as the Definition of what it means to be Human in the image of God” presented at the 1st International Conference on Disability, Art, and Education, 28-29 September 2017, Helsinki, Finland (forthcoming)

"Postcolonial identity in  the Filipino Beauty Pageants" presented at the American Academy of Religion Conference, 20 March 2017, Los Angeles, CA.

“Imago Dei and Disability: A Theological Approach,” presented at the 32nd annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, 26 April 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bakla Case ako eh: on being gay and Catholic in the Philippines,” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Western Region, 3 April 2016, Phoenix, Arizona.

“Muslim-Christian Dialogue and Theological Anthropology,” presented at the 6th annual Asian Conference On Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy, 2 April 2016, Kobe, Japan.

“Saving Muslim Women: A Feminist-Postcolonial Critique of Veiling Legislation in Norway,” presented at the conference of L’islamophobie : (néo)racisme et systèmes d’oppression, 4 October 2015, Montreal, Canada.

“Homosexuality in the Catholic Church: The Concept of Human Flourishing,” presented at the Conference of the American Academy of Religion Conference, Western Region, 22 March 2015, Santa Clara, California.

“Christians, Muslims & Islamophobia,” guest speaker at Ecumenical Dialogue Evening, 7 April 2016, Trondheim, Norway.

“Homosexuality in the Catholic Church after Pope Francis,” guest speaker at the Ministry of Gay and Lesbian Catholics: Comunidad of St. Matthews Church Long Beach, 4 November 2015, Long Beach, California.