Eunice Villaneda-Bolaños


BA, California State University, Northridge / MA, California State University, Long Beach / PhD, Claremont School of Theology (Present)


Disciples of Christ


Eunice is a first-generation Latina from Mexican heritage. Her interests revolve around the Valentinians, an early Christian sect that offered a dissident yet faithful voice during the early, formative years of doctrinal development. Eunice approaches the study of religion with the intent to subvert and challenge the dominant narrative of early Christianity and the perspective of early Christian groups deemed “heretical.” Her research aims to reconstruct and highlight the Valentinian Christian narrative that lies embedded and intermingled with the several other Christianities in the first three centuries of the common era. In her research, Eunice also explores the role of women and gender among early Christianities as well as the role of individual and communal identity within them. Eunice is an active member of Iglesia de Sun Valley Discípulos de Cristo (Disciples of Christ) and is committed to working toward togetherness in an increasingly fragmented world.