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Rubén Rosario Rodríguez
Director, MA in Theology
Secondary Appointment, Center for International Studies

This is my tenth year in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University where I teach Systematic Theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I currently direct the MA in Theology Program. I moved to Saint Louis after having received a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary (2004) and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York (1995). My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in Virginia (1991).


My first book, Racism and God-Talk: A Latino/a Perspective (New York University Press, 2008), presents a theological analysis of race in North America that draws upon the work of U.S. Latino/a theologians while employing John Calvin as a model for public theology. This book was awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Theology for 2011. 

Last Spring I was invited to speak at Fordham University on the topic, “Is Empathy Enough? Racial Justice and the Moral Imagination in the 21st Century.”  

Look for my upcoming article in the December 2014 issue of Theological Studies 75.4 entitled, "Nietzsche’s Critique of Religion: A Liberationist Perspective." 

Currently I am working on a monograph entitled Faithful Witness: A Comparative Theology of Martyrdom, to be completed by spring 2015.




"Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown,
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known;
Knowledge is a deadly friend
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools."

                             —King Crimson, "Epitaph" from In the Court of the Crimson King (1968)