A theological ethicist by training, Kiara earned degrees from St. Olaf College (BA, Religion & Women’s Studies, 2002), Denver Seminary (MDiv, 2007) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Systematic Theology, 2016). Her research interests include: Protestant ecotheologies, ecofeminism, agrarian studies, environmental racism & ecological resistance movements, childhood studies and the theology of motherwork. She teaches religion courses on biblical ecohermeneutics and creation theologies as well as courses in the environmental humanities.
Dr. Jorgenson has published and presented on topics ranging from Christian ecological ethics to the ecological vocation of the child, environment as human right to religious ecological virtue. Her forthcoming book, The Ecology of Vocation: Doctrine and Eco-Justice (Fortress/Lexington Press) examines an ethical retrieval of the Protestant doctrine of vocation in light of contemporary anthropocenic challenges. Kiara is also co-editing a dialogical volume entitled For the Love of the World: Ecotheological Perspectives on Theology and the Environment (Eerdmans), which juxtaposes contemporary constructive perspectives from around the globe. A sampling of her work can be found here.
Seeking to put her academic interests to work, Kiara serves as regular lectionary contributor to Lutherans Restoring Creation (ELCA) and a member of Twin Cities-based Eco-Faith Network Board. She also volunteers with the policy advocacy team of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and the Dodge Nature Center of West St. Paul. When not busy with the above, Kiara enjoys gardening, travel, running, yoga and making pictures with her camera.