Ph.D., Temple University.
M.A., Temple University.
M. Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
M.P.A., American University.
B.S., Florida International University.
Miguel A. De La Torre is the Iliff professor of social ethics and Latino/a Studies. The focus of his academic pursuit has been social and political ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, orientation and gender oppression. He specializes in applying a postmodern/postcolonial social theoretical approach to U.S. marginalized spaces to construct a theological and biblical liberative ethics that challenges structures of oppression. This liberationist approach to ethical thought from the periphery provides a unique perspective to the normative discourse. De La Torre joined the Iliff faculty in 2005 after teaching at Hope College in Holland, Michigan for five years. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, he served as pastor for Goshen Baptist Church in Glenn Dean, Kentucky. He is the author of Liberation Theologies for Arm Chair Theologians (WJK, 2013); Genesis: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (WJK, 2011); A La Familia: A Conversation about Our Families, the Bible, Sexual Orientation and Gender (Human Rights Campaign, 2011); The Quest for the Historical Satan (co-authored, Fortress, 2011); Latina/o Social Ethics: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking (Baylor, 2010); Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration (Orbis, 2009); Liberating Jonah: Toward a Biblical Ethics of Reconciliation (Orbis Books, 2007); Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality (Jossey-Bass, 2007); Leer la Biblia desde los Marginados (Ediciones Messajero, 2005); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (Orbis Books, 2004); Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004); La Lucha for Cuba: Religion and Politics on the Streets of Miami (University of California Press, 2003); The Quest for the Cuban Christ: A Historical Search (University Press of Florida, 2002); Reading the Bible from the Margins (Orbis Books, 2002); Introducing Latino/a Theologies (co-authored, Orbis Books, 2001). He is also the editor of Ethics: A Liberative Approach (Fortress Press, 2013); Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Theology from the Margins (co-edited, WJK, 2011); Beyond the Pale: Reading Christian Ethics from the Margins (co-edited, WJK, 2011); Out of the Shadows and Into the Light (Chalice Press, 2009); The Hope of Liberation within World Religions (Baylor University Press, 2008); Rethinking Latino/a Religion and Ethnicity (co-edited, Pilgrim Press, 2006); Handbook on Latina/o Theologies (co-edited, Chalice Press, 2006); AAR Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (AAR, 2007); Handbook on U.S. Theologies of Liberation (Chalice Press, 2004). His latest book, Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, is being published by Orbis in 2014. De La Torre has also edited the Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Culture, a 2-volume set (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and is the series editor for the 12-volume Latino/a Religious Thought for the New Millennium (Baylor University Press). He is the founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (JRER) and a co-founder of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion (SRER). In addition, he has published numerous chapters for edited books, articles for scholarly journals, entries for dictionaries and encyclopedias, and op-eds for newspapers and news-journals. De La Torre was elected vice president of the Society of Christian Ethics in Jan. 2011 and served as President of the society in 2013. He is the first Hispanic to be elected to this post. He has also served on the editorial board for the Society’s Journal of Religious Ethics, and visiting co-editor of Perspectivas: Occasional Papers published by the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He was the co-chair for the Ethics Section of the American Academy of Religion. Additionally he has served on the board of directors in organizations such as: The Society of Christian Ethics, The American Academy of Religion, Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity; Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival; West Michigan Strategic Alliance, and former vice-president of Latin Americans United for Progress. In June 2011, De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012.