Steering Committee Chair
Peter Casarella serves as Professor of Theology at The Divinity School at Duke University. His research focuses on systematic theology, world religions, and the world church. Prior to joining Duke Divinity, he was an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and he has served as director of the Latin American North American Church Concerns (LANACC) project in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. At DePaul University, he was founding Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT). He has published widely on medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, intercultural thought, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the US Catholic Church. His books include a monograph, Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa, and a forthcoming collection of essays, Reverberations of the Word: Wounded Beauty in Global Catholicism.
Casarella has served as president of The American Cusanus Society, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), and the Academy of Catholic Theologians (ACT). He is currently serving a second five-year term on the International Roman Catholic-Baptist World Alliance Ecumenical Dialogue and served also on the Roman Catholic-World Communion of Reformed Churches Dialogue.
Eric D. Barreto
Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture, the Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and Enter the Bible. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter.
Jacqueline M. Hidalgo is Associate dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Professor of Latina/o/x Studies and Religion at Williams College. The author of several essays that examine the intersections of gender, sexuality, ecology, Latina/o/x studies, and biblical studies, her first book was Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), and she is co-editor, with Efraín Agosto of Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).
Ahida Calderón Pilarski is Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Anselm College. She serves on the Board of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), and in the Society of Biblical Literature’s “Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Hermeneutics” section and in the “Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession” (CUREMP). Pilarski has edited or co-edited Judges (Wisdom Commentary Series [WCS], 2018), 2 Kings (WCS, 2019), By Bread Alone: Reading the Bible Through the Eyes of the Hungry (Fortress, 2014), Pentateuco: Introducción al Antiguo Testamento/La Biblia Hebrea en Perspectiva Latinoamericana (Verbo Divino, 2014), and has published many papers on the prophets, Latinx and Latin American hermeneutics, and feminist interpretation.
Daniel Ramírez is Associate Professor of American Religions at Claremont Graduate University. Ramírez previously taught at the University of Michigan and Arizona State University. His research interests lie in U.S. and Latin American religious history and culture and the Reformation en español. Ramírez has taught a vast range of courses within these broad fields, including American Evangelicalisms and Fundamentalisms; Religion, Migration, and Transnationalism; History of the Hispanic Heterodox: Latina/o Religious History; Religious Pathways of the Borderlands; and Film and Religious History, among others. His book, Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press), received the 2017 Pneuma Book of the Year Award from the Society of Pentecostal Studies. Ramírez currently serves as president of the American Society of Church History.
Luis R. Rivera-Rodríguez is Associate Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (UMC). He served as the Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Garrett-Evangelical from 2014-2019. Rivera maintains a thorough and diverse experience of academic teaching, administration, and institutional leadership. Rivera received his Th.D. (1993) and Th.M. (1981) from Harvard Divinity School, his M.Div. (1978) from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and his B.A. (1973) from the University of Puerto Rico. He is co-editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theologians (English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions). His research, teaching, and publications focus is systematic theology, specifically Latino/a and Diaspora theologies. Rivera was a faculty member at the Evangelical Seminary in Puerto Rico (1986-1995) and at McCormick Theological Seminary (1995-2013) where he also served as Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (2008-2013).