Anthony Bateza is a specialist in Martin Luther, moral theology and Christian ethics. His primary area of research examines Luther’s political theology, focusing on the reformer's understanding of human agency and his relationship with the virtue tradition. Dr. Bateza's other scholarly interests include the broader Augustinian tradition, the impact of Luther’s thought on 19th century philosophy, and questions of race, identity, and social justice.
Dr. Bateza teaches a variety of courses in the religion department that connect theological and biblical questions with contemporary challenges. He has also taught in the Great Conversation and is an advisor within the Race and Ethnic Studies program (RACE).
Dr. Bateza has earned degrees from Iowa State University (B.S, 2002), Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (M.Div., 2006), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D., 2017). He is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and frequently speaks in congregational settings or other church venues.
Dr. Bateza lives in Northfield with his wife, Cynthia, and two children, Austen and Magdalene. In his free time he enjoys cycling, board games, and cooking.