Professor of Feminist Theology, Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana, Costa Rica
Ann M. Hidalgo is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She is currently the Professor of Feminist Theology at the Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana in Costa Rica.
Beginning her career in church music, Hidalgo worked in academia for six years, both as an educator and in library science, which fed her love for research and lifelong learning. An articulate speaker, she has written on feminist theology, as well as addressing issues of race and colonialism in theology in other publications. Hidalgo has served as a board member for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and an editor for Perspectivas, a bilingual journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. She brings a collaborative and interactive approach to teaching and enjoys creating space to learn from her colleagues and students, giving others the tools to begin inclusive and dynamic conversations.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Hidalgo most recently lived in Columbus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music history and literature/piano from Baldwin-Wallace College; Master of Arts, historical musicology, University of Michigan; Master of Arts, practical theology, University of San Diego; Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University; and a doctorate in religion, ethics, and society, Claremont School of Theology.
She has worked as an acquisitions library (2016-19) and an adjunct professor (2017-20) at Claremont School of Theology and as Mary P. Key Diversity Resident Librarian (2019-20) at Ohio State University.
Describing her call to mission, Hidalgo said that as she taught courses on feminist theologies in developing nations, postcolonialism and religion, ecofeminist theologies and Latinx religious experiences in the United States, she realized that such topics “are tools for diagnosing the problems that exist within our societies and within our churches.“ I feel called to teach students who recognize their own calls to ministry,” she continued. “At the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, I look forward both to teaching and to learning from my students as we strive collaboratively to live the gospel more faithfully.”