Dr Richard M Benda

Richard is part of the Open College teaching and tutorial team. He is also a Research Fellow at Luther King Centre. He holds a BA(Hons), MA and PhD in Religions and Theology from the University of Manchester. He also holds a Masters in Law from the Independent University of Kigali (Rwanda). Richard co-teachers various core modules in Theology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. When he is not teaching Theology, he pursues his interests in different tropes of the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; an area in which he has a modest portfolio of publications.


Mitrofanova, A., Riazanova, S., Benda,R. (2020). "Soteriology of Suffering: Evangelical Christians in Russia and the Trauma of Political Repression." Religions 11 (11) 591

Benda, R. & Pells, K. (2020). ‘The State as a parent: Reframing parent-child relations in Rwanda’. Families, Relationships and Societies, 9(1) pp. 41-57.

Benda, R. (2019). ‘Promising generations: From Intergenerational guilt to Ndi Umunyarwanda.’ In H. Grayson and N. Hitchcott, (Eds.), Rwanda after 1994: Stories of Change. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Benda, R. (2018). ‘Time to hear the other side:  transitional temporalities and transgenerational narratives in post-genocide Rwanda.’ In N. Mueller-Hirth & S. Rios Oyola (Eds.), Time and Temporality in the Study of transitional post-conflict society. Oxford: Routledge.

Keady, J., Klutz, T.; Strine C.A. (2018). Scripture as Social Discourse. Social-scientific perspective on Early Jewish and Christian Writings. Oxford:T&T Clark. (Benda, R, Trans. from French to English of essays 2, 7 & 10.)

Benda, R. (2017). Youth Connect Dialogue: Unwanted legacies, Responsibility and Nation-building in Rwanda. Aegis Trust.  

Benda, R. (2016). Church, Humanitarianism and Genocide in Rwanda: Beyond Criticism and Apology’. In Learning from the past to shape the future: lessons from the history of humanitarian action in Africa.

Benda, R. (2014, November, 17). ‘BBC and Genocide in Rwanda: Conflict of Competence over post-genocide narrative.’ E-International Relations.