HTI Alumni

Michael E. Lee

Michael E. Lee

Associate Professor of Theology, Latin American and Latino Studies Fordham University

Michael E. Lee, PhD is Associate Professor of Theology with affiliation in Fordham’s Latin American and Latino Studies Institute. Born in Miami, FL of Puerto Rican parents, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Lee joined the Fordham faculty in 2004 and teaches courses in Roman Catholic theology, liberation theologies, Latin American and Latino/a theologies, Christology, and spirituality. He has served on the governing board of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and as President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). His commentary has appeared in a wide variety of venues including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and El Faro Académico (El Salvador). He has also appeared on networks including CNN, Al-Jazeera America, ABC-NY, National Public Radio, and Radio France International.

His book, Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Herder & Herder), won the 2010 Hispanic Theological Initiative Book Prize, sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2015-16, he was awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute for his current project on Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.

His scholarly activity has always been complemented by a commitment to practical engagement. He has lived at Andre House, a Catholic Worker inspired community; served as a liturgical musician at SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ; facilitated Spanish-language RCIA programs, and is currently on the board of CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador).