Associate Professor, Philosophy & Religion LatinX/Latin American Studies, University of La VerneElaine Padilla is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and LatinX/Latin American Studies at The University of La Verne. Her analysis constructively interweaves current philosophical discourse with Christianity, Latin American and Latino/a religious thought, mysticism, ecology, gender, and race. She is the author of Divine Enjoyment: A Theology of Passion and Exuberance published by Fordham University Press (2015), and co-editor of a three-volume project with Peter C. Phan, Theology and Migration in World Christianity published by Palgrave MacMillan: Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology (2013), Theology of Migration in the Abrahamic Religions (2014), and Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective (2015). She is currently drafting a manuscript tentatively titled, The Darkness of Being, in which she explores views on the soul with implications for race and gender. Padilla has also published several chapters and articles. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion where she serves in various steering committees, and a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.