Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado

Professor
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Religious Studies
Executive Director, Office of Academic Enhancement

Phone:
(305) 284-9782
Locator Code:
4651

 
About

About Michelle

Dr. Michelle A. Gonzalez (Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado) is Professor of Religious Studies, Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of the Office of Academic Enhancement at the University of Miami. She has been a professor at the University for twelve years. Through her work in the Office of Academic Enhancement Dr. Maldonado focuses on academic advocacy for first generation and underrepresented students. She received her Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 2001.

Career

Education

2001Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union
1996 Union Theological Seminary
1994B.S. Georgetown University

Professional Experience

2015 - Professor, of Religious Studies, University of Miami
2014 - Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, University of Miami
2010 - 2015Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami
2006 - 2010Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami
2007 - 2009Marie V. Gendron Endowed Visiting Professorship for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry, Barry University
2006 - Part-Time Faculty, Loyola Marymount University Study Abroad, San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala
2004 - 2006Theologian-in-Residence, San Lucas Tolimán Mission, Guatemala
2001 - 2005Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
2003 - 2004Assistant Director, University Honors Program, Loyola Marymount University
2003 - 2003Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Professorship in Feminist/Mujerista Theology, Hispanic Summer Program, Mundelein, IL
2000 - 2001Associate Professor, Starr King School for the Ministry
1999 - 1999Teaching Assistant, Dr. Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Hispanic Summer Program 1999, Course Title: “Ética Cristiana desde la Perspectiva Hispana / Latina”
1997 - 1999Research Assistant, Dr. Alejandro García-Rivera, Graduate Theological Union 1997-1999, Course Title: “Theological Aesthetics”
2002 - 2004Editorial Council, The Tidings: Southern California’s Catholic Weekly

Honors & Acknowledgements

Alumni of the Year, Graduate Theological Union, 2015
Selection Committee, Grawemeyer Award in Religion, University of Louisville, 2013
Gabelli Scholar, University of Miami, 2012-2015
Civic Engagement Fellow, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Miami, 2012-2013
Catholic Press Association Book Award for Created in God’s Image, 2nd Place Gender Issues, 2008
Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States, The Virgilio Elizondo Award, 2007
Catholic Press Association Book Award for Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas, 2004
Hispanic Theological Initiative Book Prize Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas, 2004
Fund for Theological Education, North American Doctoral Fellowship, 1999-2001
Hispanic Theological Initiative, Special Mentoring Award, 1999-2000
Hispanic Theological Initiative, Doctoral Level Grant, 1998-1999
Graduate Theological Union, Newhall Fellowship, 1998-1999
Graduate Theological Union, Presidential Scholarship, 1997-1999
Program for the Analysis of Religion Among Latinos, Conference Scholarship, 1996
Union Theological Seminary Scholarship, 1994-1996
Teaching Awards Received
  • Loyola Marymount University, Herstory Award, 2004
  • Loyola Marymount University, Greek Council Professor of the Year, 2004
  • Loyola Marymount University, Greek Council Professor of the Year, 2003

Conferences & Events

2014
“The Dead, the Spirits, and Saints: Latino/a Eschatology Grounded in Everyday Religion” Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion | San Diego, CA
2014
“Response to When God Talks Back,” Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion | San Diego, CA
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Memberships

Selection Committee, Grawemeyer Award in Religion, University of Louisville, 2013
American Academy of Religion, 1997-
  • Programming Committee, American Academy of Religion, 2015-
  • Co-Chair, Religion in Latin America and the Caribbean Group, 2011-
  • Steering Committee, Theology and Religious Reflection, the American Academy of Religion, 2004-2007
  • Co-Chair, Latino/a Religion, Culture, and Society Group, the American Academy of Religion, 2001-2004
  • Steering Committee, Women and Religion Section, the American Academy of Religion, 2002-2003
  • Vice-President, La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Theology and Religion, 2002-2004
  • Steering Committee, Latino/a Religion, Culture, and Society Group, the American Academy of Religion, 2000-2001
Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States, 1998-
  • President, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), 2009-2010
  • President-Elect, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), 2009-2010
  • Board Member, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), 2002-2004
Catholic Theological Society of America, 2000-
Catholic Common Ground Initiative, 2007-
College Theology Society, 2001-2005
Research

Research Projects

Funded Research Performed
  • University of Miami, Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2010, for Lydia Cabrera, $6,300
  • University of Miami, Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2007, for Saints and Orishas, $9,300
  • Louisville Institute, Summer Stipend, 2009, for Shopping: Everyday Practices and Christian Theology, $9000.00
  • University of Miami, Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2007, for Saints and Orishas, $9,300
  • Louisville Institute, First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars, 2004- 2005, for Afro-Cuban Theology, $45,000
  • Loyola Marymount University, Summer Research Grant, 2004, for “Latin American Liberation Theology is Alive and Well,” $4000
  • Loyola Marymount University, Faith and Justice Grant, 2003, “Pedagogy and Service Learning,” $5000
  • Loyola Marymount University, Summer Research Grant, 2002, Sor Juana, $4000
Research overview
Her research and teaching interests include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies, as well as inter-disciplinary work in Afro-Caribbean Studies. She is the author of Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas (Orbis Books, 2003), Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture and Identity (University Press of Florida, 2006), Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2007), Embracing Latina Spirituality: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009), Caribbean Religious History (co-authored with Ennis Edmonds, NYU Press, 2010), Shopping: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (Fortress Press, 2010), and A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide. (NYU Press, 2014).

Publications

Michelle Maldonado A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and religious Studies Divide (New York University Press. 2014).


Michelle Maldonado, , co-authored with Ennis Edmonds Caribbean Religious History (New York University Press. 2010).


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