Hispanic Theological Initiative.

Creating and Nurturing a Community of Latina and Latino Scholars.
Through the Combined Efforts of the Consortium Member Schools.
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    Description of PhD Program

    The Graduate Division of Religion at Drew Theological School is distinctively marked by a robust geographic and ethnic diversity as well as an uncommon gender balance. The result is an international community of scholars and students in which diverse perspectives are welcomed and placed in lively conversation toward a transformative scholarship uniquely engaged with the global contexts of contemporary religious faith and practice. Areas of concentration include Biblical Studies, Theology and Philosophy, and Religion and Society.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    PhD Tuition: $30,060
    Room and Board: $15,976

    Tuition Assistance

    All PhD applicants admitted to Drew’s Graduate Division of Religion receive a full tuition waiver.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    • Andrew H. Phelps and Emily Brown Phelps Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to entering PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the fellowships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
    • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey Award (AICUNJ). This award provides a 50 percent scholarship to all full-time employees of the member institutions of this state-wide association of colleges. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for the required certification form.
    • Constructive Theology Scholarship.This scholarship is awarded to an entering PhD student in the Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion area for his or her first year in the program. The recipient of the scholarship is nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
    • Myungsung Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to entering international PhD students for their first year in the program. Recipients of the scholarships are nominated by the area faculty and approved by the Dean of the Theological School.
    • Teaching AssistantshipsThe Theological School appoints paid Teaching Assistants each semester from among the PhD student body to assist professors in the delivery of required MDiv courses. Paid research assistants are also appointed to assist faculty engaged in research projects and to serve as scholar apprentices.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Elias Ortega-Aponte
    Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies

    Javier A. Viera
    Dean of Theological School and Professor of Pastoral Theology


    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Hispanic Institute of Theology (HIT) works primarily to provide opportunities for the development of Latina/o theological and religious studies and to give visibility to this work. HIT is also interested in helping to develop a network of Latinas/os involved in the field of religious studies and theology.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Electronic Resources at Drew University Library includes access to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, the Oxford Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures and a variety of Caribbean-American Studies papers under Ethnic NewsWatch.

    Other Resources 

    • La Casa Latina-Latino Heritage Theme House-aspires to instill the significance of the Latino heritage into the Drew Community. Its members strive toward broadening the education of and securing knowledge about the Latino culture and community within and around Drew University. The ambition of house members is to raise awareness about issues concerning Latinos through programming, which serves as a means of strengthening the presence and importance of diversity at this institution.
    • The Hispanic Caucus is a gathering of students and faculty from both the Theological and Graduate schools and is instrumental in recruiting and supporting the growing number of Hispanic students. Special chapel services, festive meals, and lectures are among its activities.
    • Ariel is the Latino Student Organization at Drew University. It is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of Latino cultures and promoting diversity by Latinos themselves and non-Latinos alike. It strives to serve the Drew community by hosting educational and cultural events.

    HTI Fellows/ Scholars

    Daniel F. Flores
    President, Sociedad Wesleyana (Hispanic Wesleyan Society)
    Adjunct Instructor, Perkins Youth School of Theology
    Pastor, La Trinidad United Methodist Church
    2002-2003 Dissertation Year Fellow

     Alberto Hernández
    Associate Professor of the History of Christianity
    Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty
    Illif School of Theology
    2000-2001 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Nora Lozano-Díaz
    Associate Professor of Theological Studies
    Co-Director of the Latina Leadership Institute
    Baptist University of the Americas
    1997-1998 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Hugo Magallanes
    Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture
    Perkins School of Theology
    1997-1998 Doctoral
    1998-1999 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2001-2002  Dissertation Year Fellow
     Peter Anthony Mena
    2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
     2012-2014 Dissertation Year Scholar
     Matilde Kathleen Moros
    2007-2008 Doctoral
    2008-2009 Doctoral Renewal
    2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
    Elaine Padilla
    Assistant Professor of Constructive Theology and Director of Assessment
    New York Theological Seminary
    2005-2006 Doctoral
    2006-2007 Doctoral Renewal
    2007-2008 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellow
     Erica Ramirez
    2011-2012 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2012-2013 Second Year Doctoral Scholar
    2013-2014 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
    2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar
     Ricardo Ramos-Díaz
    Pastor, United Methodist Church of Linden
    2001-2002 Doctoral
    2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
    Eliezer Reyes
    2008-2009 Doctoral
    2009-2010 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
    Mayra Rivera Rivera
    Assistant Professor of Theology and Latino/a Studies
    Harvard Divinity School
    2001-2002 Doctoral
    2002-2003 Doctoral Renewal
    2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams Year
    2004-2005 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Louis Benjamin Rolsky
    2011-2012 Second-Year Doctoral Scholar
    Benjamín Valentín
    Professor of Theology and Culture
    Director of the Orlando E. Costas Lectureship in Latino/a Theology
    Andover Newton Theological School
    1999-2000 Dissertation Year Fellow
    2002 Book Prize Winner

    Contact Information

    The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Drew University is:

    Name: Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte
    Title: Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
    Telephone: 973-408-3305
    [email protected]

    Updated May 2015