Hispanic Theological Initiative.

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    Description of PhD Program

    The University of Notre Dame is one of the most important ecumenical centers in North America for advanced study in theology. Although situated within a major Roman Catholic university, the program attracts men and women from all the major churches. The doctoral program offers six areas of concentration and two joint areas of concentration. Doctoral students can also develop their expertise in Latino/a and Latina American theologies through course work, a minor area of concentration, or in the choice of topic for their dissertation

    Areas of Concentration:

    • Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA) 
    • History of Christianity (HC) 
    • Liturgical Studies (LS) 
    • Moral Theology/Christian Ethics (MT) 
    • Systematic Theology (ST) 
    • World Religions and World Church (WRWC)

    Joint Programs/area of Concentration: 

    • Peace Studies/Theology 
    • Theology/History and Philosophy of Science

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    All admitted students to doctoral programs at Notre Dame receive full tuition assistance, a student health insurance plan, and a living stipend. Currently for PhD students the living stipends are a minimum of at least $18,000 annually for five years. Prestigious fellowships available on a competitive basis raise the annual living stipend from $25,000 to $30,000 annually, including the Gaia Fellowship (http://graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/financial-support/prestigious-fellowships/gaia-fellowships/), which “funds doctoral students in any discipline who choose some aspect of Latino Studies as their area of specialization.” Students are responsible for securing their own housing arrangements, with very affordable options in the local area.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    All Ph.D. Students receive a Full Tuition Scholarship plus a Living Stipend for 5 years.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Peter Casarella
    Associate Professor of Theology 

    Virgilio Elizondo
    Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology 
    Expertise in theology, evangelization, faith and spirituality, culture and public ritual
    Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P. 
    John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology 
    Expertise in Systematic Theology and Latin American Liberation Theologies

    Non-Hispanic Faculty with expertise in Hispanic Studies

    Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C.,
    Assistant Professor of Theology
    Expertise on Mexican immigration, Latino studies, U.S.-Mexico border, Latino spirituality and culture, Catholic social teaching on migration
    Timothy Matovina
    Professor of Theology
    Expertise on Latino Religion and Theology

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    The Institute for Latino Studies advances understanding of the fastest-growing and youngest population in the United States and in the U.S. Catholic Church.  ILS strengthens Notre Dame's mission to prepare transformative leaders in education, the professions, the arts, economic and civic participation, faith, and family life among Latinos and all members of our society.  

    Neighboring Institutions or Programs

     Notre Dame is 90 miles from Chicago, where a number of Latino/a theologians and the programs in which they teach are located.

    Yearly Events

    The six areas of specialization in Notre Dame’s Department of Theology all have regular colloquia and other events that help form doctoral students as scholars and theologians.

    The interdisciplinary Latino Studies Seminar of the Institute for Latino Studies examines the research and publications of Notre Dame faculty and graduate students as well as visiting scholars. Seminar sessions are convened 2-3 times each semester in a communal atmosphere that fosters conversations across academic disciplines. Currently 26 Latino studies faculty and 37 ILS-affiliated graduate students form the core group of participants for this Seminar series.

    Other regular events of the Institute for Latino Studies include the Transformative Latino Leadership Project, the Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship, the annual Young Scholar Symposium, the ILS Immigration Project, and occasional lectures, symposia, and conferences. Latino/a graduate students are encouraged to become fellows of the Institute and participate in its mission.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    The Julian Samora Library at the Institute for Latino Studies advances scholarship in Latino studies through its collections of primary source research materials. The Samora Library collects, preserves, and provides access to rare books, manuscripts, personal papers, archives, and oral histories related to the Latino experience in the United States with a particular focus on the Midwest. Established in 1999, the library is named in memory of Chicano/a studies pioneer and former Notre Dame professor of sociology Julian Samora (1920–1996).

    Other Resources

    Notre Dame provides an informal network for Latino/a Graduate Students in Theology, including times for prayer, fellowship and participation at lectures of interest for Hispanic scholarship. Convened by Timothy Matovina and Rev. Virgilio Elizondo.

    HTI Fellows/Scholars

    Victor Carmona
    Faculty Instructor in Moral Theology
    Oblate School of Theology
    2006-2007 Doctoral
    2007-2008 Doctoral Renewal
    2008-2009 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
    2010-2011 Dissertation 
    Daniel Patrick Castillo
    Assistant Professor of World Christianity 
    Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore 
    2009-2010 First-Year Doctoral
    2014-2015 Dissertation
    Miguel Díaz
    John Courtney Murray University Char in Public Service and Professor of Systematic Theology at Loyola University Chicago 
    1998-1999 Dissertation 
    Leo Guardado
    2013-2014 First-Year Doctoral  
    2014-2015 Second-Year Doctoral 
    2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams
    Michael Edward Lee
    Associate Professor of Theology, Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Fordham University
    2003-2004 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Anthony Suárez
    2004-2005 Doctoral
    2005-2006 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
    Ernesto Valiente
    Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
    2004-2005 Doctoral
    2005-2006 Comprehensive Exams 
    2007-2008 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Horacio Vela III
    2008-2009 Doctoral
    2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams 
    2011-2012 Dissertation Year Fellow

    Contact Information

    The office to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at the University of Notre Dame is:

    Name:                  Graduate School Admissions
    Telephone:           574-631-7544
    Email:                   [email protected] 


    Updated March 2015