Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Degree: Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) 

Concentration: Major in Modern Religious History, Minor in Latin American and Caribbean History

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Dissertation: Lived Theologizing at the People's Church: Latinx Religious Activism and the Young Lords

Degree Conferred: May 2021, Expected

Dissertation Committee: 

Dr. Daisy Machado (Committee Chair, Union Theological Seminary, History)

Dr. Frank Guridy (Columbia University, History, African American/African Diaspora Studies)

Dr. Felipe Hinojosa (Texas A&M University: History) 

Degree: Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) 

Concentration: Major in Modern Religious History, Minor in Latin American and Caribbean History

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Degree Conferred: September, 2019

Comprehensive Exam Topics: 

Exam 1: Survey of North American Church and Religious History

Reader 1: Dr. Daisy L. Machado (History, Union Theological Seminary)

Reader 2: Dr. Julia Speller (History, Chicago Theological Seminary) 

Exam 2: The Eugenics Movement: Religion, History, and Context

Reader 1: Dr. Daisy L. Machado (History, Union Theological Seminary)

Reader 2: Dr. Sarah Azaransky (Ethics, Union Theological Seminary)

Exam 3: Revolutions in Latin America: Toussaint L'Ouverture and Simón Bolívar 

Reader 1: Dr. Daisy L. Machado (History, Union Theological Seminary)

Reader 2: Dr. Orlando Espín (Theology/Religious Studies, University of San Diego)

Exam 4: 'De un Pajáro Las Dos Alas': Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1850-1959

Reader 1: Dr. Frank A. Guridy (History, Columbia University) 

Reader 2: Dr. Daisy L. Machado (History, Union Theological Seminary)

Degree: Masters of Arts (M.A.)

Concentration: Liberation Theologies

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Thesis: Nationalism in the [Colonized] Diaspora: The Vision, Division, and Fall of The Young Lords Party

Degree Conferred: May 2016

Degree: Bachelors of Arts (B.A.), Summa Cum Laude

Concentration: Major in Biblical Studies, Minor in Social Thought

Institution: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Thesis: n/a

Degree Conferred: May 2014

Degree: Non-Degree, Visiting Student

Concentration: Theology as Political (TH 957)

Institution: Boston College Graduate School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts 

Thesis: n/a

Degree Conferred: May 2013

Degree: International Baccalaureate Diploma

Concentration: n/a

Institution: Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, East Hartford, Connecticut 

Thesis: n/a

Degree Conferred: May 2010

 

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

FELLOWSHIPS:

Title: Forum for Theological Exploration Hearst Fellow

Date Received: 2018

Description: A named fellowship given to four of the thirty-two Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellows, named after William Randolph Hearst and conferred for added distinction. 

 

Title: Forum for Theological Exploration, Doctoral Fellowship for Students of Color

Date Received: 2018

Description: A fellowship for doctoral students of color in theological education who show promise as bourgeoning leaders in the academy, religious organizations, and society at large.

 

Title: Hispanic Theological Initiative

Date Received: 2016

Description: A fellowship for Hispanic doctoral students of theology, religion, and adjacent fields that provides mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development.

Title: Union Theological Seminary Doctoral Fellowship

Date Received: 2016-present

Description: A full tuition and stipend granting fellowship awarded to incoming Doctoral students at Union Theological Seminary, upon the recommendation of the President and Faculty.

SCHOLARSHIPS and GRANTS:

Title: Union Theological Seminary Travel Grant

Date Received: 2017

Description: A $500 grant designed to defer costs associated to presenting at academic conferences.

Title: Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religion Pre-Tenure Faculty and PhD Candidate Seminar

Date Received: 2017 

Description: A travel, room, and board scholarship for a multi-day workshop on pedagogy, curriculum development, and assessment strategies, hosted by Southern Methodist University's Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religion.

Title: Presidential Scholarship

Date Received: 2014

Description: A full tuition, room and board, and stipend granting scholarship awarded to incoming Masters candidates at Union Theological Seminary based on academic excellence and leadership ability.

Title: Clarendon Scholarship

Date Received: 2010

Description: A full tuition scholarship to Gordon College (MA) awarded to students from urban areas in New York City, Connecticut, and Massachusetts based on leadership potential, intellectual aptitude, and spiritual maturity.

AWARDS and HONORS SOCIETIES:

Title: The Hitchcock Prize in Church History

Date Received: 2016

Description: A prize granted by Union Theological Seminary that honors the memory of Roswell Dwight Hitchcock, the Seminary’s first Washburn Professor of Church History (1855-1887) and fourth president (1880-1887). It is given to a senior who has attained the highest excellence, both in class work and the thesis, in church history or a kindred subject.

Title: Honoree: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

Date Received: 2014

Description: Who’s Who Among Students is one of the most long-standing honors programs in the nation which inducts honorees based on academic achievement, community service, leadership, and recommendation of faculty and administrators from the nominating institution.


Title: Collegian of the Year

Date Received: 2014

Description: Gordon College’s (MA) highest award given to the single student who made the greatest impact at the college during their tenure.

 

Title: Phi Alpha Chi

Date Received: 2014

Description: An honors society of Gordon College (MA) which admits graduating seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher, embody Christian character, and show promise to pursue a life of excellence and scholarship.

 

Title: Gordon College (MA) Presidential Honors

Date Received: 2010-2014

Description: An honor bestowed on students each semester they are able to achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher while enrolled as a full-time student.

 

Title: Faculty Scholarship: Humanities

Date Received: 2013

Description: An award given to a Junior at Gordon College (MA) who has demonstrated academic excellence in their specific field as determined by the faculty.        

 

Title: Luke A. and Mary Moore Wood Memorial Scholarship

Date Received: 2013

Description: An award at Gordon College (MA) given to student leaders who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership potential in their respective field.

 

Title: Presidential Fellow at Gordon College

Date Received: 2013

Description: A leadership development program based off the White House Fellowship where eight student leaders work directly under one of the various Executive Cabinet Officers of Gordon College (MA).                                      

 

Title: Elijah Project Honors Program

Date Received: 2013

Description: A year and a half long honors program at Gordon College (MA) in which a fourteen student cohort explores topics of calling, work, and vocation through internships, classes, and community living.

 

Title: Award of Excellence: Head Start Families

Date Received: 2012

Description: An award given yearly by the National Head Start Association to a family in the United States whose lives and work have demonstrated the impact of a Head Start education.

 

Title: Jerusalem and Athens Honors Forum

Date Received: 2012

Description: A year long great books honors programs at Gordon College (MA) exploring Western intellectual history from Plato and Aristotle to Huxley and Volf through lectures, seminar style discussions, field trips, and public debates.

 

Title: Kenneth L. Pike Scholar

Date Received: 2012

Description: An honors society for students of high academic standing who wish to design their own major, minor or concentration in a field not offered at Gordon College (MA).        

 

Academic Publications and Presentations

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:

Title: "The Neoliberal Co-Optation of Identity Politics: Geo-Political Situatedness as a Decolonial Discussion Partner"

Author(s): Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

Publication: Horizontes Decoloniales / Decolonial Horizons (Pluto Press) Vol. 5 (2019): 101-130.  

 

Title: "Spiritual Care Education and Rural Systems in Swan River"

Author(s): Janel Curry, Margaret McCallum, and Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

Publication: Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 70(1) (2015): 53-62.

 

BOOK PREFACES, CHAPTERS, AND AFTERWARDS:

        

Title: "Puerto Rican Backpacks and Living Room Dreams"

Author(s): Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

Publication: Preface to Prophesy Freedom: A Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology by Teresa Delgado. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. 
 

BOOK REVIEWS:

        

Title: "Review of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood by Patrick B. Reyes (Chalic Press, 2016)."

Author(s): Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

PublicationPerspectivas Journal 15 (2018), http://perspectivasonline.com/books/nobody-cries-when-we-die-god-community-and-surviving-to-adulthood-by-patrick-b-reyes-chalice-press-2016-xv-192-pages-15-99/

Title: “Review of Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis edited by Kay Higuera Smith, Jayachitra Lalitha, and L. Daniel Hawk (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014).”

Author(s): Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

Publication: Africanus Journal 8(1) (2016): 52-53.

 

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Title: Liberating Academics: Redefining our Scholarly Vocation through a Liberationist Lens

Conference:  American Catholic Historical Association, Relationship and Accountability in Catholic Studies

Location: New York, New York 

Date: January 4, 2019

 

Title: A Religious History of the First People's Church Offensive

Conference: American Historical Association, The People's Church!: A 50th Anniversary Roundtable on the Young Lord's Occupation of the First Spanish Methodist Church in NYC (Session Chair) 

Location: New York, New York

Date: January 4, 2019

Title: Purified through Fire and Occupation: Lived Religion, The Latinx Diaspora, and the New York Young Lords First People's Church Offensive

Conference: Graduate Student Symposium, Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference

Location: University of Texas, Austin, Austin, Texas

Date: October 25, 2019

 

Title: "The Liberated Zone is Here": Lived Theologizing in the New York Young Lords First People's Church Offensive

Conference: Latinx Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, New York 

When: April 27, 2019

Title: Race, Gender, and Lived Religion in the Puerto Rican Diaspora: The Religio-Politics of the New York Young

Lords in their First People’s Church Offensive

Conference: 2018 International Ph.D. Seminar: “Exploring Contexts of Gender, Politics and Race in Theology and Religion”

Location: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

When: October 29, 2018

 

Title: Theologizing at the People’s Church: The Religio-Politics of the Young Lords Party in the Puerto Rican Diaspora

Conference: Politics of Movement: Racialization, Religion, Migration

Location: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 

When: April 5-6, 2018

 

Title: Creating Puerto Rican Subalterns: The Protestant Missionary Project of the Late Nineteenth Century

Conference: American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting. History of Christianity Unit, New Histories of Americano Protestantisms: Hegemons and Subalterns.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 

Date: November 18, 2017

Title: The Neoliberal Co-Optation of “Identity Politics”: Geo-Political Situatedness as a Decolonial Discussion Partner 

Conference: American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting. Liberation Theology Unit, Liberating Identities.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Date: November 18, 2017

 

Title: The Gospel of Colonization: The U.S. Colonization of Puerto Rico as a Protestant Missionary Project 

Conference: LACS Graduate Student Conference, Creative Revolution(s): Combating Hatred with Justice Across the Americas.

Location: University of Albany, Albany, New York

Date: March 4, 2017

 

Title: Espíritu y Metodología: Pentecostalism’s Tacit Subversion vis-à-vis Liberation Theology’s Intentional Subversion as expressed in their Contextual Responses to Hegemonic Religiosity.

Conference: Religious Diversity: Conflict, Cooperation, and Creolization.

Location: Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts 

Date: November 14, 2015

 

Title: The Hermeneutic of Hegemony: The Conflation of Faith and Ideology and the Perpetuation of United States Slavery 

Conference: Tenth Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture (Paper Tabled) 

Location: Catholic Institute of Sydney for Theology and Ministry, Sydney, Australia,

Date: October 4, 2014

 

Title: Habituating towards the Transcendent Eudamonia: A Synthesis of Plato and Aristotle’s Understanding of the Good 

Conference: 3rd Annual Michigan State University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Location: Michigan State University. Lansing, Michigan 

Date: March 16, 2013

 

Speaking Engagements and Interviews

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Title: Purified through Fire and Occupation: Lived Religion and the New York Young Lords

Event: Invited Lecture

Location: Amherst College, Department of Religion Studies, Amherst, MA

When: December 4, 2019

Title: The Liberated Zone is Here: Lived Religion, Latinx Spirituality, and Latinx Activism

Event: Invited Lecture

Location: University of Texas, Austin, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, Austin, TX

When: October, 25, 2019

Title: The Neoliberal Co-Optation of Identity Politics

Event: Invited Lecture, Religious Diversity in Latinx Communities, Hispanic Summer Program

Location: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX

Date: June 21, 2019

Title: Discerning a Doctorate: Considerations for Latinx Students

Event: Hispanic Summer Program 

Location: Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX

Date: June 20, 2019

 

Title: Considerations for Applying to a Ph.D. 

Event: "Considering Applying for a Ph.D. Program" Panel Discussion 

Location: Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

When: November 7, 2018

Title: Six Theses on Latinxs in Higher Education

Event: Encuentro 2018: Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy

Location: Boston University, School of Theology, Boston, MA

When: July 19, 2018

Title: Identity, Hope, and Suffering in Puerto Rico and Beyond: Latinx Communities Claiming Freedom (Panelist)

Event: Special Event

Location: Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

When: April 4, 2018

Title: Puerto Rico and Maria: Histories and Vulnerabilities in the Eye of the Storm (Respondent)

Event: Special Panel with MT Davila, Teresa Delgado, Loida Martell-Otero, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Melissa Pagán, Yara Gonzalez, and Jules Martínez-Olivieri. American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting.

Location: Boston, MA. 

Date: November 19, 2017

Title: "Almost Like Praying:" A Decolonial Analysis

Event: Decolonial Theory and Religion Unit. American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting.

Location: Boston, MA.

Date: November 19, 2017

Title: Varieties of Protest Experiences in the Age of Trump: Religious Studies and Direct Action in Charlottesville, St. Louis, and the NFL (Panelist)

Event: Special Panel with Shreena Gandhi, Jalane D. Schmidt, Willis Jenkins, Janet Spittler, Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, and Anthea Butler. American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting.

Location: Boston, MA.

Date: November 18, 2017

 

Title: Stories of Our Mothers: Leadership Development from the Global South

Event: Forum for Theological Exploration Youth Discernment Retreat, Workshop.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Date: September 8, 2017

Title: Black and Brown Dialogue in the Age of Trump

Event: Raices Latinas, Panel.

Location: Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts

Date: August 2, 2017

Title: Protestants, Puerto Rico, and Broken PROMESAS

Event: Race and Religion Series, Lecture. 

Location: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, New York 

Date: February 27, 2017

Title: To Drink From Our Own Wells

Event: UTS at COTH Series, Sermon.

Location: Church of the Living Hope, New York, New York 

Date: January 22, 2017

Title: Angels in a Disenchanted World

Event: Ready Set Teach: Chicago Public Schools Conference, Educator Keynote.

Location: McCormick Place. Chicago, Illinois 

Date: August 4, 2016

Title: Choice out of No Choice: The Young Lords, Sterilization, and Puerto Rico

Event: “Gender Today” and “Social Movements and Sociology,” Special Lectures.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: March 28-29, 2016

Title: Diasporiqueño: Puerto Rican Identity in the United States Diaspora

Event: “Cross Cultural Experience: The Caribbean,” Presenter.

Location: Boston Trinity Academy. Boston, Massachusetts 

Date: January 22, 2016

Title: Affordable Housing and Holistic Community: The Importance of a Stable Home

Event: “Strong Frameworks, Caring Communities,” Harborlight Community Partners Annual Gala, Keynote.

Location: Kernwood Country Club. Salem, Massachusetts 

Date: November 6, 2015

Title: Why Are We Here?: Our Base, Our Story, Our Future

Event: “All About That Base,” Department of Family and Supportive Services First Annual Parent Conference, Keynote.

Location: McCormick Place. Chicago, Illinois 

Date: August 29, 2015

 

Title: PICA, Mission, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Event: “Transformation University,” 2015 Staff Training, Workshop Presentation.

Location: Parents in Community Action, Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Date: August 24, 2015

Title: The Spring Board to Transformation is “All About That Base”

Event: “Transformation University,” 2015 Staff Training, Keynote.

Location: Parents in Community Action, Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Date: August 24, 2015

Title: Redefining Success: From Student to Scholar/Activist

Event: Connections, Keynote.

Location: Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, East Hartford, Connecticut 

Date: April 17, 2015

Title: Why Are We Here?: Theological Imagination and Head Start’s Prophetic Mission

Event: 2015 NHSA Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, Keynote.

Location: National Head Start Association, Washington, D.C.

Date: March 30, 2015

Title: Liberation Theology and Intersectional Supremacy: History, Description, and Prophecy

Event: “Sociology of Gender,” Special Lecture.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: March 19, 2015

Title: The God of Relevance: Liberation Theology and Social Movement

Event: “Sociology and Social Movements,” Special Lecture.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: March 19, 2015

Title: Teaching for Economic, Racial, and Social Justice

Event: The Brandon Johnson Show, Guest Speaker.

Location: WVON 1690am Radio, Chicago, Illinois

Date: December 28, 2014

Title: Arriving at Union: My Story

Event: Trustee Dinner, Presenter.

Location: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York 

Date: October 20, 2014

Title: Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership 

Event: Presented with members of Gordon College’s Center for Student Development, Lead Conference 2014

Location: Brookwoods, Alton, New Hampshire 

Date: April 26, 2014

Title: Multicolored in Her Image: Diversity at Gordon College

Event: Symposium 2014, Presenter.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: April 10, 2014

Title: First Gen. Latinos: Migration, Family, and College

Event: Special Lecture.

Location: Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California  

Date: March 6, 2014

Title: Pauline Literature from a Liberationist Perspective

Event: Special Lecture.

Location: Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California 

Date: March 5, 2014

 

Title: Honors Programs at Gordon College

Event: Accepted Students Day 2014, Presenter.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: February 17, 2014

 

Title: Diversity at Protestant Colleges: Gordon College as a Test Case

Event: Beyond Colorblind Week, Special Lecture.

Location: Gordon College. Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: February 1, 2013; Also presented as a Special Lecture at Gordon College on December 7, 2012

Title: The Importance of Early Education: My Story with Head Start

Event: 2012 National Head Start Association Conference, Presenter.

Location: Gaylord Texan. Grapevine, Texas 

Date: December 2, 2012

 

Title: The Practicality of Wisdom

Event: Chapel, Keynote.

Location: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: October 17, 2012

 

Title: Reporte de Guatemala

Event: Worship Service, Keynote.

Location: Templo Bautista Hispano Monte Horeb, East Hartford, Connecticut 

Date: August, 19, 2012

 

INTERVIEWS:

 

Title: Walls, Eugenics, and the National Emergency 

Program/Publication: WORT 89.9 FM, Madison

Date: February 15, 2019

Title: “Jorge Juan Rodriguez V Wins Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship”

Program/Publication: Union Theological Seminary

Date: May 9, 2018

Title: "Puerto Rico's New Colonialism"

Program/Publication: BloggingHeads.tv (link)

Date: November 6, 2017

Title: “Country’s Flagship Preschool Program, Head Start, Celebrates 50 Years”

Program/Publication: WNPR

Date: July 20, 2015

Contributions to Online Publications

 

Title: The Last Time the US Wanted a Wall, 70,000 People Were Sterilized

Publication: TruthOut

Date: February, 2019

Link: https://truthout.org/articles/the-last-time-the-us-wanted-a-wall-70000-people-were-sterilized/

Title: From 1937 to 2018: The Militarized Suppression of Protest in Puerto Rico

Publication: Latino Rebels

Date: May, 2018

Link: http://www.latinorebels.com/2018/05/02/militarizedsuppressionofprotestinpuertorico

 

Title: Heretics Against the God Named Empire – Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, and Trump

Publication: Political Theology Today

Date: October, 2017

Link: http://www.politicaltheology.com/blog/heretics-against-the-god-named-empire-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-and-trump-jorge-juan-rodriguez-v/

 

Title: Paternalism Towards Puerto Rico Isn’t a ‘Trump Problem,’ It’s a Colonial One

Publication: Latino Rebels

Date: October, 2017

Link: http://www.latinorebels.com/2017/10/04/paternalism-towards-puerto-rico-isnt-a-trump-problem-its-a-colonial-one/

 

Title: Abstention: The Most Compelling Vote in Plebiscito 2017

Publication: Latino Rebels

Date: June, 2017

Link: http://www.latinorebels.com/2017/06/11/abstention-the-most-compelling-vote-in-plebiscito-2017-opinion/

Title: The Colonial Gospel in Puerto Rico: Protestant Missionaries as Agents of Empire

Publication: Christian Century 

Date: January, 2017

Link: https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/colonial-gospel-puerto-rico

                  

Title: Writing with the Oppressed. Book Review: The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation

Publication: La Respuesta 

Date: February, 2016

Link: http://larespuestamedia.com/ylp-review/

                  

Title: Reclaiming Holy Week through Revolutionary Resurrection

Publication: Pub Theologian

Date: April, 2015

Link: http://www.holyweekofresistance.net/blog-posts/2015/4/1/reclaiming-holy-week-through-revolutionary-resurrection

                  

Title: This is What Theology Looks Like’: Disrupting a Crucifying System

Publication: Religion Dispatches

Date: December, 2014

Link: http://religiondispatches.org/this-is-what-theology-looks-like-disrupting-a-crucifying-system/

Title: Jorge Juan Rodriguez V on Head Start and the Power of Graduation

Publication: National Head Start Association

Date: July, 2014

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFOEYXkLt20&list=UUrsfP8Bs-9MsWFoOxQ2I5hQ

Title: Double Bind and Cheap Grace (Part 1)

Publication: By Their Strange Fruit

Date: July, 2014

Link: http://bytheirstrangefruit.blogspot.com/2014/07/double-bind-and-cheap-grace-part-1.html

Title: Double Bind and Cheap Grace (Part 2)

Publication: By Their Strange Fruit

Date: July, 2014

Link: http://bytheirstrangefruit.blogspot.com/search?q=jorge+rodriguez

Title: 20 Years After President Clinton Expanded Head Start, This is My Story

Publication: The Clinton Foundation

Date: May, 2014

Link: http://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/2014/05/19/20-years-after-president-clinton-expanded-head-start-my-story

Title: Revitalizing Religion: A Theological Assessment of the Margaret Doughty Case

Publication: Shared Justice

Date: June, 2013

Link: sharedjustice.org/revitalizing_religion_a_theological_assessment_of_the_margaret_doughty_case

 

Title: The Power of Humanity: Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombings

Publication: Shared Justice

Date: April, 2013

Link: sharedjustice.org/the_power_of_humanity_reflections_on_the_boston_marathon_bombings

Title: What will Characterize America in 2013?

Publication: Shared Justice

Date: January, 2013

Link: sharedjustice.org/2013/01/10/what-will-characterize-america-in-2013/

Title: Testimonial 

Publication: National Head Start Association: 27 Million Windows

Date: May, 2012

Link: https://sites.google.com/a/nhsa.org/27millionwindows/connecticut

 

Experience

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Course: History and Memory

Role: Teaching Fellow

Institution: Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York

Date: Spring, 2020

Course: CH 307: Eugenics, Race, Gender, and Nation: A Brief History

Role: Teaching Fellow

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Fall, 2019

Course: CH 109: History of Christianity since the Reformation 

Role: Teaching Fellow

Institution: Union Theological Seminary

Date: Fall, 2019

Course: CH 333, Religious Movements from the Margins: The Prosperity Gospel in the United States and Global South

Role: Teaching Fellow 

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Fall, 2018

 

Course: CH 109, History of Christianity since the Reformation

Role: Teaching Fellow 

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Fall, 2018

Course: History and Spirituality of the First Sanctuary Movement (ca. 1980-1990)

Role: Guest Teacher to Dr. Rady Roldán-Figueroa

Institution: Hispanic Summer Program 2018, Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Dallas, Texas

Date: Summer 2018

Course: CH 254, The U.S. Borderlands: Theology and Context

Role: Teaching Fellow 

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Summer, 2018

Course: CH 249, The U.S. Latino Experience: Borderlands, History, and Religion

Role: Teaching Fellow

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Spring, 2018

 

Course: CH 109, History of Christianity since the Reformation

Role: Teaching Fellow

Institution: Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

Date: Fall, 2017

Course: Biblical Hermeneutics

Role: Teaching Assistant

Institution: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts 

Date: Spring, 2013

Course: The Great Conversation

Role: Peer Mentor

Institution: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

Date: Fall, 2012

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Title: Social Media and Events Coordinator

Institution: Hispanic Summer Program

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 12/15 – Present

Description: Manage Twitter, Facebook, and Wordpress accounts for the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP). Connect HSP students and scholars through the use of social media. Contact scholars who can write for the HSP blog. Organize and edit scholarly articles to be published and publicized through HSP media. Advise HSP leadership in program development and implementation. Organize and execute events leading up to and during HSP including annual lecture. Coordinate travel and housing arrangements for keynote speakers. Assist with grant writing and grant implementation.

Title: Personal and Research Assistant

Institution: Union Theological Seminary- Office of Dr. Daisy Machado

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 12/14 – Present

Description: Communicate with publishers regarding Machado’s forthcoming publications. Edit Machado’s written work, including bibliographic information. Research scholarly works on “Prosperity Gospel” and “Heterotopics.” Organize and maintain Machado’s academic library. Assist in organizing study trips—including a biennial seminar at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Title: Program Assistant to Nightwatch

Institution: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 12/16 – 5/19

Description: Create and teach lessons on Interreligious and Christian theology for youth and adults. Facilitate community building activities. Lead spiritual exercises and prayers.

Title: Latinx Recruitment Consultant

Institution: Union Theological Seminary 

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 05/16 - 08/16

Description: Researched potential partners for Latinx recruitment in City University of New York and Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities identified schools. Coordinated cross-country meetings with prospective students and "influencers" (individuals who advise and mentor students, Latinx or otherwise). Assessed Union Theological Seminary's history of Latinx recruitment and retention. Met with administrators at Union to address broader institutional realities that mitigate Latinx recruitment and retention. Created a "Latinx Recruitment Plan" that provided one year, two to five year, and five or more year benchmarks for Latinx recruitment and retention across institutional departments.

                                                           

Title: Graduate Research Assistant

Institution: Iona College- Office of Dr. Teresa Delgado

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 01/16-07/16

Description: Researched Puerto Rican history, diaspora literature, and de/post/colonial theory for Delgado's book entitled "Prophesy Freedom: Toward a Puerto Rican Decolonial Theology." Edited the book manuscript for grammar, structure, and content. Wrote the book’s preface. Communicated with publishers regarding potential book contracts. Assisted in creating the book proposal. Compiled the work’s bibliography.

 

Title: Community Research Associate

Institution: Harborlight Community Partners

Location: Beverly, Massachusetts

Dates: 05/15 – 06/16

Description: Developed and oversaw the implementation of the organization's Community Investment Plan (CIP). Organized residents in order to create a “Resident Advisory Council.” Developed a Board of Directors Diversity Membership Plan. Analyzed and assessed Local Capital Usage. Developed and implemented mechanisms for municipal education and assistance relative to affordable housing. Researched North Shore municipal data including demographics, budgets, and use of Community Preservation Act funds. Translated written housing advertisements from English to Spanish and coordinated translation into Portuguese.

From September 2015 to June 2016, work was on a project-to-project basis.

Title: Co-Chair

Institution: Latinx Student Caucus 

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 06/15 – 5/16

Description: Organized events at Union Theological Seminary on Latinx realities at Union and the United States. Organized events specifically for Union’s Latinx students. Managed Social Media platforms for the Latinx Caucus, including Twitter and Facebook. Met with institutional Administrators to promote issues pertinent to Latinx students, faculty, and staff. Assisted student and administrative initiatives at Union Theological Seminary that promoted Latinx curricula, retention, recruitment, representation, and inclusion.

Title: Academic Assistant

Institution: Union Theological Seminary- Office of Dr. Samuel Cruz

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 08/15 – 12/15

Description: Compiled and organized attendance for Cruz’s courses. Assisted in creating, formatting, and setting up multi-media presentations for classroom settings. Publicized Cruz’s interviews, public events, and speaking engagements on social media including Twitter and Facebook.  

Title: Social Media Intern

Institution: Hispanic Summer Program

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 12/14 – 12/15

Description: Managed Twitter, Facebook, and Wordpress accounts for the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP). Articulated a philosophy for social media management. Connected HSP students and scholars through social media. Contacted scholars to write blog posts for the HSP blog.

Title: First Year Representative

Institution: Mestizaje: Latina and Latino Caucus

Location: New York, New York

Dates: 08/14 – 06/15

Description: Represented first year Latina and Latino students of Union Theological Seminary in student caucus meetings. Organized and facilitated events promoting Latina/o identity, culture, and scholarship at Union. Managed Twitter and Facebook pages for the group and began developing a blog to promote Latina/o culture and scholarship. Developed a philosophy for social media management and caucus organizational structure.

 

Title: Research Assistant

Institution: Gordon College- Office of the Provost

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts

Dates: 05/14- 08/14

Description: Researched the topics of spiritual care, palliative care, multicultural engagement, and rural culture and geography. Analyzed subjective data from a base community in Manitoba, Canada, developing a tool for analysis therein. Drafted an article (Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling) regarding this community relative to spiritual and palliative care. Publicized the Provost’s work on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Title: Presidential Fellow

Institution: Gordon College- Office of the Provost

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts

Dates: 05/13 – 05/14

Description: Implemented a systems approach to analyze Gordon College’s history of racial and ethnic diversity from 2004 to 2014 as related to recruitment and retention, institutional initiatives, and curricula. Organized, coordinated, and oversaw an External Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Diversity Gordon College. Compiled and edited the recommendations, best practices, and benchmarks suggested by the External Task Force. Developed strategies for the recruitment of under-represented students, faculty, and staff. Recruited under-represented faculty and students. Assisted in diversifying class syllabi across various disciplines. Interviewed candidates for the Clarendon Scholar Director position. Researched programs as assigned by the Provost.

                                         

Title: Founder and Class Coordinator

Institution: Clarendon Scholars Big Brother, Big Sister 

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts

Dates: 08/12 – 09/13

Description: Organized mentor/mentee relationships between upperclassmen and underclassmen Clarendon Scholars. Provided assistance, guidance, and resources to mentors. Coordinating events for the Clarendon Scholars Program. Mentored underclassmen Clarendon Scholar.

Title: Intern

Institution: Center for Public Justice

Location: Washington, D.C.

Dates: 05/13 - 08/13

Description: Assisted in the development of the Christians Investing in Public Education Initiative based in Pittsburgh, PA. Researched, wrote, and critiqued different conceptions of Political Theology, especially the Reformed Principled Pluralist perspective. Augmented the Center’s web presence by managing Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and LinkedIn accounts. Served as Copy Editor for Shared Justice (A publication for young adults on Faith and Politics). Assisted in the hiring of a new Director of Communications and Development. Represented the Center at various functions across Washington, D.C.

 

Title: Undergraduate Research Council- Co-Founder and Member

Institution: Gordon College Student Association

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts 

Dates: 05/11 - 01/13

Description: Developed program by-laws and funding structure. Reviewed student applications seeking research and conference funding. Coordinated advertising efforts for the program. Managed the Council’s $20,000 budget.

Title: Intern to the Clarendon Scholars Program

Institution: Gordon College Admissions

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts

Dates: 8/11 - 12/12

Description: Connected with prospective students, parents, and churches over phone, e-mail, and social media. Organized and facilitated application and financial aid information sessions, held at various locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York City. Created literature detailing the Clarendon Scholars Program. Analyzed statistical data on prospective students.

 

Title: Intern

Institution: AGAPE (Asociación Guatemalteca Aérea Para Edificación)

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala 

Dates: 05/12 - 08/12

Description: Taught Theology, Philosophy, and Leadership Development in churches, schools, and community centers in El Quiche, Petén, and Guatemala City. Assisted in community development initiatives. Traveled with, and translated for, short term service learning teams. Assisted with medical relief and education programs for health sustainability. Coordinated travel itineraries for the organization. Tutored high school students in grammar and algebra.

 

Title: Freshmen Class Representative

Institution: Gordon College Student Association

Location: Wenham, Massachusetts 

Dates: 09/10 - 05/11

Description: Represented the Gordon College Class of 2014 to the administration, donors, and trustees. Participated as a voting member of the Student Government Forum. Developed and oversaw initiatives for the betterment of Gordon College.

 

Research Interests

History of Religion;

Puerto Rican Studies;

Latinx Studies;

De/Post/Colonial Studies;

Theologies of Liberation;

Diversity in Higher Education; Access/Equity to Higher Education;

Higher Education Policy;

Head Start

 

Professional Affiliations and Service

Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion 

—Chair of the Religion of the Latin/x Americas Unit (2017-2020)

American Academy of Religion 

American Historical Association

American Society of Church History

--Graduate Student Representative,

elected 2020

International Ph.D. Seminar

--Executive Committee Member (2018-2019)