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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    Financial Aid-Fellowships

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

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Virgilio ElizondoProfessor of Pastoral and Hispanic TheologyExpertise 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
    Jaime LaraVisiting Associate Professor and Concurrent Professor 
    Expertise in Religious Art and Architecture
    Gilberto CárdenasJulian Samora Chair in Latino Studies and Professor of SociologyExpertise on Mexican Immigration
    Jorge A. BustamanteEugene Conley Professor of SociologyExpertise in International Migration; Mexican American Studies
    J. Samuel ValenzuelaProfessor of SociologyExpertise in Political Comparative Historical Development and Theory

    Non-Hispanic Faculty with expertise in Hispanic Studies

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

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    • The Institute for Latino Studies strives to help society understand and come to terms with a balanced view of the Latino community through education, research and outreach. Several Centers contribute to the furthering of this mission, including:
    • The Center for Migration and Border Studies (CMBS) pursues interdisciplinary research, scholarship, teaching, policy application, and community outreach on migration and migration-related issues. The mission of CMBS is to provide an intellectual base for researchers and scholars, graduate and undergraduate students dedicated to investigating and understanding the dynamics of migration flows and connections between migration and other domains.
    • The Center for the Study of Latino Religion (CSLR) conducts research on the impact of religion and spirituality on the development of social capital in the Latino community. CSLR serves as a national center and clearinghouse for ecumenically focused social-scientific study of the US Latino church, its leadership, and the interaction between religion and the population.
    • The Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture (CLSC) was stablished to increase awareness of the growing importance of Latinos to the US Catholic Church, to engage Latino Catholic leaders in dialogue with the broader Catholic community, and to facilitate the development of the next generation of Latino religious leaders.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    The Institute for Religious Studies provides access to the Julian Samora Library, a generous collection on Latino Religion and Theology that includes 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. Also available online through http://latinostudies. nd.edu/archives/#0

    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.

    Former HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars

    Victor Carmona
    2006-2007 Doctoral, 2007-2008 Doctoral Renewal, and 2008-2009 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
    Daniel Patrick Castillo
    2009-2010 Doctoral Fellow
    Miguel Díaz
    Professor; University Professor of Faith and Culture
    University of Dayton
    1998-1999 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Leo Guardado
    2013-2014 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    Michael Edward Lee
    Associate Professor of Theology, and faculty in the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute
    Fordham University
    2003-2004 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Anthony Suárez
    2004-2005 Doctoral and 2005-2006 Doctoral Renewal Fellow
     Ernesto Valiente
     Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology 
     Boston College
     2004-2005 Doctoral, 2005-2006 Comprehensive Exams Year, and 2007-2008 Dissertation Year Fellow
    Horacio Vela III
    2008-2009 Doctoral, 2009-2010 Comprehensive Exams 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:           574-631-7706
    Email:                   [email protected]