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, Theology, 2016). Her research interests include: Protestant ecotheologies, ecofeminisms, agrarian studies, environmental racism & ecological resistance movements, childhood studies, and the theology of motherwork. She teaches religion courses on ecotheologies and place-based spiritualities and a fun smattering of environmental humanities offerings, such as Biophilia, Theo-Ethics of Climate Change, and Culture of Nature.
Kiara recently published Ecology of Vocation: Recasting Calling in a New Planetary Era (Fortress/Lexington, 2020) and an edited volume, Ecotheology: A Christian Conversation (Eerdmans, 2020). She has published in a variety of journals on topics ranging from Christian ecological ethics to the ecological vocation of the child, environment as human right to watershed justice. A sampling of her work can be found here. She is currently working on two book projects, an ecotheological constructive reading of Luther for the Cascade series "Reconstructions in Lutheran Doctrinal Theology" and a creative work on wonder and the nature of motherwork.
Kiara comes to academia by way of an early career in pastoral minisry and community-based organizing and remains invested in a number of interfaith organizations raising environmental conciousness. She calls the Lower Mississippi Watershed of West St. Paul home along with her spouse, young daughters, and two golden retrievers, and enjoys historical fiction, jogging and vinyasa yoga, photography and fabric arts, and her urban homestead garden.