HTI Alumni

Roberto Che Espinoza

Roberto Che Espinoza

Founder, Activist Theology Project / Visiting Professor Duke Divinity School

Field of Study: Ethics

Born to a Mexican woman and an Anglo man in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Dr. Espinoza moved to Chicago, IL for graduate school, and completed a master’s degree in theological ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) and four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at a Trauma II Chicagoland hospital. Following graduate school, Dr. Espinoza worked in domestic violence & sexual assault fields before joining the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

In 2009, Roberto began doctoral work at the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology studying constructive philosophical theology & ethics, & completed a graduate certificate in Latinx Studies.

Now called an activist-scholar, Dr. Espinoza travels the country doing activist theology and continues to write for both the academy and the public square. Whether speaking to faith communities, universities, or communities, writing for HuffPost or Religion Dispatches, Dr. Espinoza uses tools learned in both academy and activism to stand in the hybrid space of faith communities, academy, and movements for justice curating activist scholarship with deep intention of bridging with difference.