Simon Aihiokhai PhD

Theology, Associate Professor

Simon Aihiokhai PhD



Buckley Center 437

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Dr. Simon Aihiokhai teaches courses in interfaith dialogue, comparative theology, African theology, and in the area of systematic theology. He is currently the coordinator of the Theology Thursday Lecture Series at the University of Portland. Before coming to the University of Portland in 2016, he held positions at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana as visiting assistant professor of Global Christianity and Religions of Latin America; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California as lecturer of theological studies; and Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida as adjunct professor of graduate theology. He has a Diploma in Philosophy from Spiritan School of Philosophy, Isienu-Nsukka, Nigeria (1997); an M.A. in Theology from Saint John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California (2007); and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2013). His research interests include religion and identity, interfaith studies, comparative theology, religion and violence, and African philosophies, cultures, and theologies. His works have been published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, Wipf and Stock Publishers, and Paulines Publications (Africa). Some of his peer-reviewed journal articles have appeared in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Black Catholic Theological Symposium, International Journal of African Catholicism, Journal of Buddhist – Christian Studies, and Filosofia Theoretica: African Journal of Philosophy, Culture, and Religions. His recent monograph is Fostering Interreligious Encounters in Pluralist Societies: Hospitality and Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He is currently working on an edited volume that celebrates the contributions of BIPOC women to the Woman Suffrage Movement. Dr. Aihiokhai hails from Benin City, Nigeria. During his spare time, when he is not writing poetry or playing with his blind Siberian Husky, Hope, he is at the gym lifting weights.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Duquesne University
  • Master of Arts, Saint John Seminary
  • Diploma, Spiritan School of Philosophy

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