HTI Alumni

Yara González-Justiniano

Yara González-Justiniano

Assistant Professor of Religion, Culture, and Psychology Vanderbilt University

Field(s) of Study: Practical Theology & Religion and Society 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Yara González-Justiniano as a visiting assistant professor of practical theology and community engagement, effective July 1, 2020. This two-year appointment was made possible through the Louisville Institute’s Postdoctoral Fellowship González-Justiniano was awarded earlier this month. Her research interests include Latine theologies, cultural identity and memory studies, postcolonial theory, popular culture, and popular religion.

González-Justiniano is enthusiastic about her research and honing in concepts.  Her passion has always been teaching. She teaches because she believes that education (institutionalized or noninstitutionalized) shapes our society. It has the potential to transform it as it insists in liberative and integral practices.

González-Justiniano, originally from Puerto Rico, completed her doctor of philosophy in practical theology at the School of Theology of Boston University with a concentration in church and society. In addition, she holds a master of divinity with a concentration in community and global engagement, a bachelor of arts in communications, a minor in modern languages, and a minor in theater.

González-Justiniano is Under Care with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She also works with different church communities in hopes of maintaining an open dialogue between academic endeavors and the church.