Hispanic Theological Initiative.

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

    Antonio (Tony) Alonso 

       Antonio (Tony) Alonso B.Mus., Northwestern University
       M.A., Loyola Marymount University
       Ph.D., Emory University (present) 

    Antonio is in his second year of coursework in the Person, Community, and Religious Life area of study in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He is interested in the complex ways in which communities appropriate their understandings of tradition; the multivalent interaction of the verbal and non-verbal languages of ritual prayer; the relationship between consumer culture and liturgical practice; and the ways in which the church’s worship embodies its ecclesiological structures. Antonio is a Catholic Cuban American. He is also a published composer of liturgical music. 

    Maziel Barreto Dani 

     Maziel Barreto Dani   B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
       M.Div., Brite Divinity School
       Th.M., Brite Divinity School
       Ph.D., Brite Divinity School (present) 

    Maziel is a native of Puerto Rico and an ordained minister through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She is focusing her doctoral studies on the New Testament, with a minor in the fields of homiletics and hermeneutics. She is particularly interested in the symbolic significance of animals in the synoptic gospels. through the lenses of ecological hermeneutics, intertextuality, empirical critical methods, and narrative perspectives, Maziel will analyze the function and role of animals in the gospel texts. 

    Ángel J. Gallardo 

     Ángel J. Gallardo   B.A., Eastern University
       M.Div., Duke University
       Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (present) 

    Ángel is a second-year doctoral student in religion and culture. He is interested in exploring how the history and texts of Bartolomé de las Casas, his contemporaries, and the Aztec people (regarding the Spanish conquest) relate to contemporary debates about immigration, racial identity, and bi-lingualism in the United States. Through his scholarship, he seeks to offer an archeological analysis of the complex religious and economic processes that produced colonial Latin America. The intent of this analysis is to gain a constructive perspective on the role of religion in the postmodern West and Latin America. Additionally, Ángel plans to collaborate with religious leaders, community activists, and academic colleagues to help propose constructive alternatives to current immigration policies, reframe civil rights debates, and contribute to ways of reimagining Christian existence in the 21st century. 

    Jared Vázquez 

     Jared Vázquez   B.S., Oral Roberts University
       M.Div., Phillips Theological Seminary
       Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver (present) 


    Jared is a second-year doctoral student in the joint Ph.D. Program in Teligious and Theological Studies at the Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver. His scholarly interests lie in embodiment and the role it plays in identity formation. Jared’s proposed dissertation will explore Pentecostal experience as a source for queer liberation.