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About Peter J. Casarella

Peter J. Casarella is an Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Interim Director of Latin American North American Church Concerns (LANACC). His main area of research is Latino/a Theology. He previously served as professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) at DePaul University and held teaching and adminsitrative positions at The Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas. He received his PhD in Religious Studies at Yale University after completing a dissertation on the theology of the word of the fifteenth century Catholic thinker Nicholas of Cusa.


Present Interim Director, University of Notre Dame ‐ Latin American North American Church Concerns (LANACC)
Present Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Latino/a Theology, Contemporary Systematic Theology/ Theological Aesthetics, and Medieval Christian Thought

Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2015 Henry Luce III Theology Fellow
  • 2014 Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for "God of the People: A Latino/a Theology"
  • Hispanic Theological Initiative: Recognition for Outstanding Service (2007)
  • Residential Fellowship, Center of Theological Inquiry (2007-08) for research on the relationship of politics and theology in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar (declined)


Contact Information

University of Notre Dame
Department of Theology
237 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Books & Edited Volumes (6)

Book Chapters (27)