2021 HTI

PDC Faculty

Xochitl Alvizo

Dr. Xochitl Alvizo teaches in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge.  Her interests include feminist and queer theologies, congregational studies, ecclesiology, and the emerging church. She brings an intercultural feminist approach to theology and the study of religion. Her work is inspired by the conviction that all people are inextricably connected and what we do, down to the smallest thing, matters. Xochitl makes her church home with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is co-founder of Feminism and Religion (feminismandreligion.com) and The Pub Church, Boston. Her co-edited volume, Women Religion Revolution, is available through FSR Books.

Chris Bellitto

Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto is Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval history. A specialist in church history and reform, he is the author of ten books, including the companion volumes Renewing Christianity and The General Councils along with 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy. His latest book is Ageless Wisdom: Lifetime Lessons from the Bible and his current project is a history of humility as the lost virtue, which is being supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Grant in 2021. His articles have appeared in academic journals in the United States and Europe; he has won grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the NJ Council for the Humanities. In Summer 2019, he was a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr. Bellitto also serves as series Editor in Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition and Academic Editor at Large for Paulist Press. He offers about 30 public lectures each year; he is a member of the Public Scholar Speakers Bureau of the NJ Council for the Humanities and has taped audio courses for Now You Know Media/Learn 25. A media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism, he appears frequently in print, on radio, and television.

Teresa Delgado

Dr. Teresa Delgado is Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program, and Professor and Chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, where she joined the faculty in 2005. She received her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has published extensively on issues ranging from diversity in higher education, transformational pedagogies, constructive theology and ethics, and justice for racial/ethnic/sexual minoritized persons. At Iona College, Dr. Delgado teaches courses at the intersection of theology and ethics, such as Biomedical Ethics and the Christian Tradition, Christian Sexual Ethics, Contemporary Peacemakers, and Peace and Social Justice. Dr. Delgado is a proud HTI alumna and serves as a mentor to HTI doctoral students. Dr. Delgado’s book, Prophesy Freedom: A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology, was published in 2017 (Palgrave MacMillan). She is currently working on a project in sexual ethics, titled Loving Sex: A Decolonial Theology of the Body.  She and her spouse, Pascal Kabemba, live in Mount Vernon, NY, and have four adult children.

Ulrike Guthrie

Ulrike (Uli) Guthrie has been editing academic books, dissertations, articles, and papers in religion for 36 years, first for publishing houses like Cambridge University Press and Abingdon Press, and now for individual authors worldwide. She has been working with the HTI since its inception in 1997. Her goal is to help you to make your writing sing and to communicate your ideas clearly to a particular audience. If you stay with HTI, she will also likely accompany you all the way through your dissertation writing. Should you notice dirt under her fingernails, it’s because when not editing, she’s working in her woods, streams, and gardens in Maine, kayaking on nearby lakes, or painting.

Ann Hidalgo

Dr. Ann Hidalgo teaches feminist theology at the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana in San José, Costa Rica. A proud HTI graduate, she earned a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Claremont School of Theology. She studies Latin American liberation theology and decolonizing musical and liturgical practices.

Carmen Nanko-Fernández

Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández is Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry and the director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A Latinx theologian, her publications include the book Theologizing en Espanglish (Orbis, 2010) and numerous book chapters, journal articles, and digital media on Latinx theologies, Catholic social teaching, im/migration, sport and theology–with attention to béisbol/baseball. In 2018, Nanko-Fernández created and is an author with Theology en la Plaza for the National Catholic Reporter a monthly column featuring public theology done latinamente. She is currently completing the book ¿El Santo? Baseball and the Canonization of Roberto Clemente with the Sport and Religion series of Mercer University Press.  Nanko-Fernández has presented in a variety of academic and pastoral venues including the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. A past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), she received their Virgilio Elizondo Award in 2012 for “distinguished achievement in theology.” Her scholarship and work in theological education, in ministry, in professional associations, and on editorial boards reflects an ongoing commitment to agency, access, and justice particularly for communities too often underrepresented, marginalized and/or minoritized in the academy, the Catholic church, and in publication/media. She is the creator and, with Miguel Díaz and Gary Riebe-Estrella, co-editor of the new multi-volume series Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente (Orbis).

Catherine Osborne

Dr. Catherine R. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University. A historian of theology and Catholic history, she is the author of American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975 (University of Chicago Press, 2018). She is currently a member of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker Community in South Bend, IN, and a freelance editor working with individual scholars and academic presses.

Melissa Pagán

Dr. Melissa Pagán is a decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University. Her current research project provides a feminist decolonial and critical spatial appraisal of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching to ascertain whether, and to what extent the coloniality of knowledge, coloniality of being, and coloniality of gender undergird and therefore undermine its teachings on social justice. Dr. Pagán’s areas of expertise and research include feminist social ethics, critical geographies, postcolonial and decolonial theories and theologies, and Latinx theologies. For the academic year 2021-2022, Dr. Pagán was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Scholars of Color from the Louisville Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), the Board of Directors for the Web Branch of Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., is a Co-Convener of the Latinx Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Patrick B. Reyes

Dr. Patrick B. Reyes is the author of The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive, and of the award-winning book Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood. A Chicano educator, administrator, and institutional strategist, he is the Senior Director of Learning Design at the Forum for Theological Exploration. He is president-elect of the Religious Education Association and serves on several boards in education and the non-profit sector supporting the next generation of BIPOC leaders and educators. Patrick holds a Doctorate and Master of Arts from Claremont School of Theology, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and is proud to be a graduate of the California State education system, California State University at Sacramento (Sac State). You can learn more about Patrick at patrickbreyes.com.

joanne rodriguez
Rev. Joanne Rodriguez

Rev. Joanne Rodríguez is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, since 2011. Prior to her calling to Seminary, Joanne worked in the banking industry for a number of years as Assistant Vice President.

Jean-Pierre Ruiz

Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz is associate professor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at St. John’s University in New York, where he is also Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Senior Research Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Ruiz earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and his book, Readings from the Edges: The Bible and People on the Move was the winner of a Catholic Press Association Award. His Sunday Scripture columns in The Tablet have received three Catholic Press Association Awards. A past-president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), Ruiz is a member of the Executive Board of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and he is co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Committee on Underrepresented Minorities in the Profession. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature. Author of the introduction and verse-by-verse commentary on the Apocalypse of John in the New Oxford Annotated Bible, his current work-in-progress includes a book on the theology of revelation. During the Obama administration, Ruiz served as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s working group on religion and foreign policy.