Joseph Wiebe, PhD

Associate Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
Director, Augustana - Chester Ronning Centre


Associate Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
(780) 679-1599
3-24 Founders' Hall
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Director, Augustana - Chester Ronning Centre



M.T.S Duke Divinity School

Ph.D McMaster University

I am an Associate Professor of Religion and Ecology in the Ethics and Global Studies at University of Alberta, Augustana. My Book The Place of Imagination: Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity has received academic praise in Reading Religion, ISLE, Anglican Theological Review, Christianity and Literature, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Christian Century. It is a critical reading of Berry's fiction that emphasizes the role of imagination in community and environmental ethics. My current project is researching the influence of settler colonialism on Mennonite environmental imagination and eco-theology.

As a close friend once said, "I don't have hobbies; I have friends." When I'm not building Lego or playing Switch with my family, I'm having a pint, rolling d20s, breaking down the Winnipeg Jets' myriad problems, or talking about books I haven't read with my kindred spirits.


·     “Reassessing Mennonite Environmentalism through Settler-Colonialism: Addressing Political Deficiencies, Historical Omissions, and Indigenous Responses.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 96.3 (2022): 355-380.

·     “Cultural Appropriation in Bioregionalism and the Need for a Decolonial Ethics of Place.” Journal of Religious Ethics 49.1 (2021): 138-158.

·     “Jedediah Purdy’s Environmental Politics.” Conrad Grebel Review 38.3 (2020): 209-221.

·     “Personhood and Place in Wendell Berry's Remembering.” Christianity and Literature 69.2 (2020): 197-218.

·     “Race, Religion, and Land in The God’s of Indian Country.” Anabaptist Witness. 7.2 (2020): 177-181.

·     “Race, Place, and Radical Remembering in Wendell Berry’s Andy Catlett: Early Travels.” Literature and Theology 32.3 (2018): 340-356.

·     “On the Mennonite-Métis Borderland: Environment, Colonialism, and Settlement in Manitoba.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 35 (2017): 111-126.


Introduction to Religion

Religion and Ecology

Christianity and Climate Change

Bioethics, Suffering, and the Soul


AUIDS 101 - First Year Seminar

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is the first course in Augustana's Core. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

AUPHI 101 - Introduction to Western Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Introduction to the main problems and theories that have dominated philosophical thought, through study and critical discussion of selected classics of ancient and medieval philosophy.

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