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Christopher D. Tirres

Christopher D. Tirres

Vincent de Paul Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University

Field of Study: Religion and Society 

Christopher Tirres is the Vincent de Paul Professor of Religious Studies and the Inaugural Endowed Professor of Diplomacy and Interreligious Engagement at DePaul University.  He is the author of The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith: A Dialogue Between Liberationist and Pragmatic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2014) as well as two forthcoming volumes: a monograph entitled Liberating Spiritualities in the Americas (Fordham University Press) and a co-edited volume entitled Religion in the Americas: Transcultural and Trans-hemispheric Approaches (University of New Mexico Press).  He has published and presented widely in the areas of religious studies, philosophy, theology, feminism and education. Dr. Tirres is an award-winning teacher and the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including major awards from the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. As the director of DePaul’s Center for Religion, Culture, and Community (CRCC), he has helped other faculty deepen their own community-engaged pedagogies, and his own work includes collaborations with the Chicago-based Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI); the Mariposa Foundation, a program based in the Dominican Republic that seeks to end generational poverty by educating and empowering girls; and Solidarity Bridge, an organization that partners with communities in Bolivia and Paraguay to increase access to safe, affordable surgery and other essential health care. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.), Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S) and Harvard University (Ph.D.).