2020 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.

Teresa Delgado

Dr. Teresa Delgado is Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Associate 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 minorities. 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’s book, Prophesy Freedom: A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology, will be published with Palgrave MacMillan Publishing Company in late 2017. She lives in Mount Vernon, NY with her spouse of 28 years and their four children.

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. 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 will be a Fulbright Specialist in New Zealand. Dr. Bellitto also serves as Academic Editor at Large of Paulist Press and series Editor in Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition. He also 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 mini audio courses for Now You Know Media. A media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism, he appears frequently in print, on radio, and television.

Ulrike Guthrie

Ulrike (Uli) Guthrie has been editing academic books, dissertations, articles, and papers in religion for 33 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 specializes in Latin American theology and feminist and decolonial theory. She earned a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Claremont School of Theology. She studies liberation theology liturgies and musical practices that empower marginalized communities. Ann is currently the acquisitions librarian at Claremont School of Theology and an adjunct professor there.

Néstor Medina

Dr. Néstor Medina is married to Samia Saad. He is a Guatemalan-Canadian Scholar and Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics at Emmanuel College, of Victoria University, in the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Minority Scholars (2014) and a Project Grant for Researchers (2018). He studies the intersection between people’s cultures, histories, ethnoracial relations, and forms of knowledge in religious/theological traditions. Among his research interests are contextual/liberation theologies, interculturality, and Post/Decolonial debates, and Pentecostalism. He is the author of Mestizaje: (Re)Mapping ‘Race,’ Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis, 2009), a booklet On the Doctrine of Discovery (CCC, 2017), and his recent Christianity, Empire and the Spirit (Brill 2018). He is also co-editor of Theology and the Crisis of Engagement (Pickwick 2013); Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America

Carmen Nanko-Fernández

Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández is Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL, where she also directs the Hispanic Theology and Ministry program. She has presented nationally in venues including the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Nanko-Fernández is currently completing ¡El Santo! Baseball and the Canonization of Roberto Clemente, a book in the Sport and Religion series of Mercer University Press, and is general co-editor of the 12 volume Disruptive Cartographers series on Latin@ Theology forthcoming from Fortress Press. Nanko-Fernández is also the originator, coordinator, and an author for Theology en la Plaza, a series of monthly columns (online and in-print) in the National Catholic Reporter).

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 lay Catholic decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University. Her areas of research include analyses of the logics of global coloniality in the increasing militarization of both physical and ideological borders between persons and issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Catholic Social Thought. Her areas of teaching include: Catholic social ethics, feminist ethics, sexual ethics, and postcolonial and decolonial theologies. 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., and is a Co-Convener of the Latina/o Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).   

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.