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    2013–2014 HTIC 


    These scholars have been assigned an hti mentor for the 2013–2014 academic year. 


    Leo Guardado

     Leo Guardado  B.A., St. Mary’s College of California
       M.T.S., University of Notre Dame
       Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (present) 

    Leo begins his doctoral studies in theology and peace this fall at the University of Notre Dame. He is interested in the intersection of theology, culture, and migration, with a focus on contextual christologies and ecclesiologies dealing with borders and notions of the “other.” Additionally, he hopes to research the role of faith communities in the promotion of peace and nonviolence in hostile environments, such as the U.S.-Mexico border. He is also interested in the challenges these voices from the margins present to the wider church. Leo is Catholic, a native of El Salvador, and he hopes to teach and engage students in critical theological reflection and social activism. 

    Christina Llanes 

    Christina Llanes   B.A., Loyola Marymount University
       M.A., University of Chicago Divinity School
       Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School (present) 

    Christina is a Roman Catholic Cuban American from Southern California. This fall she will begin her doctoral studies in Christian mysticism at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is interested in the history of Christian mysticism (particularly in the Middle Ages), and the correlations between mystical and traumatic experience, mystical notions of the self, and the use of violent images in mystical poetry. In the near future, Christina sees herself teaching medieval history. 

    Tito Madrazo 

     Tito Madrazo  B.A., Baylor University
       M.A., Baylor University
       M.Div., Gardner-Webb University
       Th.D., Duke Divinity School (present) 

    Tito comes to theological education as an immigrant and naturalized citizen from Venezuela as well as a Baptist pastor with more than ten years of ministerial experience. In the fall, he will begin his doctoral studies in homiletics and ethnography at Duke Divinity School. He is particularly interested in exploring lived faith among emerging Protestant Hispanic-immigrant congregations in North Carolina. 

     Francisco Javier Peláez-Díaz 

     Francisco Javier Peláez-Díaz   B.Th., Theological Presbyterian Seminary of Mexico
       Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
       Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary (present) 


    Francisco is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a native of Mexico. He is interested in exploring issues related to human migrations, such as intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Furthermore, he would like to reflect ethically and theologically on the causes and effects of human migrations—especially in the context of globalization. He hopes to combine pastoral work with some form of multicultural ministry and teaching in a theological institution.

    Mónica Rey 

     Mónica Rey  B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
       M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
       S.T.M., Boston University School of Theology
       Ph.D., Boston University (present) 

    Mónica will begin her first year of doctoral studies in Hebrew Bible at Boston University. Her primary interests include the intersection of sociology, archaeology, and the 
    Hebrew Bible (specifically gender and ethnic identity in the Ancient Near East). She is also interested in the application of feminist hermeneutics and intercultural criticism. 

    Lis Valle 

     Lis Valle  B.A., University of Puerto Rico
       J.D., University of Puerto Rico
       M.Div., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
       Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
       Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (present)

    Lis is a fourth-generation Presbyterian, born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is interested particularly in homiletical perspectives on domestic violence, performance aspects of preaching, and the interaction between preaching, social justice, performing arts, and pastoral care. At Vanderbilt, she will begin her doctorate in homiletics. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to teach and perform in the global south.