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    2013-2014 HTIC Dissertation Year Scholars 

    These scholars have entered their examination year.They have been assigned an HTI mentor for the academic year. 

    Jared Alcántara  

    Alcantara Jared  B.A., Wheaton College
      M.Div., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
      Th.M., New College, The University of Edinburgh
      Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary (present)

    Jared is entering his fifth year as a Ph.D. candidate in practical theology. At Princeton Theological Seminary, he is concentrating on homiletics. His research interests include: African American preaching, Barth studies, the theology of preaching, and sacramental understandings of the sermon. He has served as an associate pastor at churches in Massachusetts and Oregon and hopes to teach homiletics at a seminary or divinity school upon graduation from Princeton.

    Manuela Ceballos 

    Ceballos Manuela  A.B., Bryn Mawr College
      M.A., Bryn Mawr College
      Ph.D., Emory University (present)


    Manuela is a doctoral candidate in West and South Asian religions at Emory University.  She focuses on the formation and literary expression of Muslim and Christian mystical communities in the Western Mediterranean during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is especially interested in how members of these communities viewed and responded to violence. Manuela was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has taught English as a second language to adult refugee students.

    Julián Andrés González 

    J. Gonza¦ülez  B.S., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
      M.Div., Baylor University
      Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (present)


    In his fourth year of doctoral studies, Julián Andrés, a native of Colombia, will center his research on the area of Hebrew Bible. He is interested in cultural hermeneutics, violence against women, and issues of immigration when reading the Bible. He would like to help bring understanding to how different cultures bring different interpretations to readings of the sacred texts. He also seeks to analyze and raise awareness about the importance of cultural circumstances in which the Bible is read. He believes this is important in the hermeneutical task, as it prevents irrelevant readings and ideological manipulation. His dissertation analyzes the story of Cain and Abel using postcolonial theory in order to investigate the colonial ideologies in the text and its history of reception.


    Moisés López 

    Lopez Moises  B.Min., Facultad de Teología
      M.Div., Azusa Pacific University
      Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary (present)


    Moisés was born in Mexico and came to the United States at the age of 17. He is an ordained minister of the Church of the Nazarene and is in the final stage of doctoral studies. His areas of interest are disability studies and theology in the Old Testament. Moisés has served as a Bible teacher at Foursquare Church, Church of the Nazarene, Wesleyan Church, Azusa Pacific University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently the pastor of Bell Gardens Church of the Nazarene. 


    Roberto Mata 

     Mata Roberto B.A., Bethany University
      M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
      Th.D., Harvard Divinity School (present)


    Roberto is entering his fifth year of doctoral studies in New Testament/early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School. Reading Greco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian literary sources in tandem with archeological materials, he focuses his research on the intersection of identity, status, gender, and Roman imperial power in the Book of Revelation. In his reconstruction of the ancient Mediterranean world, Roberto not only uses historical, literary, and socio-anthropological tools, but also draws from critical race, borderlands, feminist, and postcolonial theories to elucidate the asymmetries of power embedded in ancient texts. A Pentecostal Mexican from the borderlands, Roberto uses the challenges and hopes of Latina/o communities as the locus of his theological reflection and scholarship.  


    Peter Anthony Mena 

    Mena Peter  B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
      M.A., St. Edwards University
      M.A., Union Theological Seminary
      Ph.D., Drew University (present)

    Of Mexican heritage, Peter is a member of the Roman Catholic Church and has served as adjunct instructor of religious studies at Marymount Manhattan College (New York City) and Manhattan College (New York City). Peter is in his fifth year of doctoral studies at Drew University. His research is centered on the history of Christianity in late antiquity. His interests have included gender, sexuality, and the body in late antiquity as well as the constructions of orthodoxy and heresy in the early church. His current dissertation research uses Gloria Anzaldúa’s theories of space and identity in her foundational text, Borderlands/La Frontera, in order to interpret desert space and Christian identity in late ancient Christian hagiography. Currently a resident of Miami, Florida, Peter will begin teaching as an adjunct instructor of religious studies at St. Thomas University in the summer of 2013. 


    Luis Menéndez Antuña 

     Menendez Antun¦âa Luis B.A., Universidad de Deusto, Spain
      B.A., Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain
      M.Div., Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain
      Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (present)


    Luis Menéndez came to HTIC as a Fulbright Scholar. Born and educated in Spain, he is pursuing a doctorate in New Testament and early Christianity at Vanderbilt University. Before enrolling in doctoral studies, he taught theology at Loyola College in Maryland in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). He also taught Hebrew Bible at Saint Louis University in Madrid. His research interests include ideological criticism (more specifically, queer and postcolonial studies), critical theory, and philosophy. He has published articles on Thecla (Estudios Eclesiásticos) and postcolonial and liberation criticism (Theologica Xaveriana).


    Jonathan Pimentel 

     Pimentel Jonathan B.S., Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica
      Lic., Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica
      Th.M., Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica
      Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology (present) 

    Born and raised in Costa Rica, and a member of the Baptist Church, Jonathan is entering his fourth year of doctoral work. He centers his research on the areas of systematic theology and theories of religion. His dissertation title is “Economy of Flesh: Nature and Economy in David Hume and Adam Smith.”