Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion
Can be contacted via email.
M.A. Union Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, Religion
Areas of Expertise
U.S. Latina/o Religions
Religion and Culture
Scriptures and Communities
Utopias and Utopianism
Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
REL 227 / AMST 227 / LATS 227Utopias and Americas (not offered 2021/22)
LATS 228 / REL 223 / AFR 228 / AMST 228Revolt and Revelation in 20th-Century Americas (not offered 2021/22)
REL 229 / AMST 229Reel Jesus: Reading the Christian Bible and Film in the U.S.A. (not offered 2021/22)
REL 309 T / AFR 309 / LATS 309Scriptures and Race (not offered 2021/22)
LATS 318 / AMST 318 / ENVI 318 / REL 318 / COMP 328California: Myths, Peoples, Places (not offered 2021/22)
REL 326 T / COMP 326 / WGSS 326 / LATS 426Queer Temporalities (not offered 2021/22)
LATS 327 / REL 314 / AMST 327 / AFR 357Racial and Religious Mixture (not offered 2021/22)
LATS 420 / ENVI 421Latinx Ecologies (not offered 2021/22)
Latina/o/x Studies and Biblical Studies, Brill Research Perspectives in Biblical Interpretation 3, no. 4 (2020): 1-98.
Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
With Efraín Agosto, Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Biblical Interpretation and/as Queer Temporalities: A Response,” Biblical Interpretation 28 (2020): 516-531.
“Scripturalizing the Pandemic,” Journal of Biblical Literature 139, no. 3 (2020): 625-34.
“Latina Diversity and Difference in Biblical Studies,” in Women and the Society of Biblical Literature, ed. Nicole L. Tilford, 175-191. Society of Biblical Literature (2019).
“La Lucha for Home and La Lucha as Home: Latinx/a/o Theologies and Ecologies,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 13, no. 1 (2019): 1-21.
“The Roman Empire in the Book of Revelation,” in The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism, ed. R. S. Sugirtharajah (Oxford University Press 2019): Oxford Handbooks Online.
“The Bible and Global-Systemic Criticism in the Age of ‘Fake News,’” Contribution to Roundtable on “Fake News vs. Good News: Texts, Tweets, and Technology,” Perspectivas 16 (2019): 105-110.
“The Chicano Student Movement as Religious and The Spiritual Plan of Aztlán as Scriptural and Utopian,” in Religion and Power, ed. Jione Havea, 105-122 (Lexington Books/Fortress Academics 2019).
“The Bible as Homing Device Among Cubans at Claremont’s Calvary Chapel,” in Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration, 21-42 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
With Efraín Agosto, “Reading the Bible and Latinx Migrations/The Bible as Text(s) of Migration,” in Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration, 1-19 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
“Place Matters, Or Utopian Orientations and Latina Feminist Biblical Studies,” Response to “Roundtable on Revelation in Aztlán,” Perspectivas 15 (2018): 98-106.
“No Future for Biblical Studies? Or, Still Living with a Contingent Apocalypse as Biblical Interpretation Turns 25.” In Present and Future of Biblical Studies: Celebrating 25 Years of Brill’s Biblical Interpretation, ed. Tat-siong Benny Liew, 133-155 (Brill, 2018).
“‘Our Book of Revelation…Prescribes Our Fate and Releases Us from It’: Scriptural Disorientations in Cherríe L. Moraga’s The Last Generation.” In Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies, ed. Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal, and Stephen D. Moore, 113-132 (Fordham University Press, 2018).
“California Dreams or Colonial Nightmares? St. Serra, the Missions, and the Borderlands of Memory,” New Theology Review 30, no. 1 (2017): 11-23.
“Adelante in Difference: Latinxs in the Age of Trump.” In Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, ed. Miguel A. De La Torre, 200-207 (Orbis Books, 2017).
“Competing Land Claims and Conflicting Scriptures: Chemehuevi and Chicano Sacred Sites in Blythe, CA.” In Refractions of the Scriptural: Critical Orientations as Transgression, ed. Vincent L. Wimbush, 107-120 (Routledge, 2016).
“Reading from No Place: Towards a Hybrid and Ambivalent Study of Scriptures.” In Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, Strategies, ed. Fernando F. Segovia and Francisco Lozada, 165-186. Semeia Studies (Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2014).
“Struggling with Mindsets of Domination.” In Feminist Biblical Studies in the 20th Century, ed. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, 199-215. Vol. 20 of The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History (Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2014).
“The Politics of Reading: U.S. Latinas, Biblical Studies, and ‘Retrofitted Memory’ in Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue.” in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29, no. 2 (2013): 120-131.
“Latinos/as and Catholic-Jewish Relations in the Americas,” in Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi Leon Klenicki, ed. Celia Deutsch, Eugene Fisher, and James Rudin, 198–211 (Paulist Press 2013).
“Scripting Latinidad: (Re)Defining Textual Selves and Worlds in the Age of MySpace,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology (February 2009).
Selected Public Scholarship (Blog Posts and Other Media)
“The Religious Roots of Today’s Apocalypse,” interviewed on KCRW’s Life Examined, May 1, 2021.
“Letter 45,” American Values, Religious Voices, March 5, 2021.
“Episode 6, Apocalyptic Thinking During the Pandemic (Part 1),” interviewed on Podcast of the Plague Year, March 4, 2021.
“Occupying Whiteness: A Reflection in 2020,” in “The Politics of Scripture” series, Political Theology Network, November 19, 2020.
“It’s the Catholic Bishops, Not Those Who Toppled Junípero Serra Statues, Who Have Failed the Test of History,” Religion Dispatches, July 7, 2020.
“Unquoting the Markets,” Open Plaza, March 2020.
“Hermeneutics in the Latinx Context,” Open Plaza, December 2019.
“Open Plaza and the Legacies of ‘El Plan de Santa Bárbara’ at Age 50,” Open Plaza, November 2019.
“The Scriptures of Lydia Lopez,” in Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices, ed. Lara Medina and Martha R. Gonzales, 347-348. University of Arizona Press (2019).
“‘Assume You Don’t Belong’: A Mindset for Academic Survival,” The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 33, no. 2 (2019): 85-87.
“Beyond Aztlán: Latina/o/x Students Let Go of Their Mythic Homeland,” Contending Modernities, April 11, 2019.
“Why MEChA Burned Out After 50 Years,” in the Remezcla roundtable on “What Is the Future of the Term Chicano?“, April 11, 2019.
“Letter 34,” American Values, Religious Voices, February 22, 2017.
“Rethinking Religious Rhetorics, Gendercide, and HB2 After Orlando,” Feminist Studies in Religion @TheTable: Transcending Transphobia, August 29, 2016.
“Serra’s Actions Aren’t the Only Reasons to Lament His Canonization,” Religion Dispatches, September 24, 2015.
“Why Serra Should Not Be a Saint,” Religion Dispatches, February 3, 2015.
Interviewed for “The Biblical Call to Welcome the Stranger,” Odyssey Impact, February 14, 2017.
- Diversity and Community, Co-Chair
- Latina/o Studies Program