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Peter J. CasarellaPeter J. Casarella

Associate Professor of Theology
Director, Latin American/North American Church Concerns
(PhD, Yale University, 1992)
237 Malloy Hall
(574) 631-7811

Geographic Focus: Latin America, Europe

Thematic interests: Systematic theology, Latino/a theology, Medieval Christian thought (especially Bonaventure, Nicholas of Cusa), and theological aesthetics

Current research: Teología del Pueblo and the Idea of God in Latino/a Experience and Theology

Selected publications:

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Diálogo, Journal of the DePaul Center for Latino Research, no. 16, guest editor for two issues on “Cosmic Liturgy: Latino/a Catholicism Today” (2013)

  • A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (with William F. Storrar and Paul Louis Metzger) (2011)

  • Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006)

  • Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (with George P. Schner SJ) (1998)

  • El Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (with Raúl Gómez SDS) (1998)

Book Chapters

  •  “Secularismo: genealogia espiritual e diálogo intercultural,” in Secularização: Novos Desafios, ed. Maria Clara Bingemer and Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade (Rio de Janeiro: Editora de PUC-Rio, 2012)

  • “Dar Razón de Nuestra Esperanza: Teología Pública y el Desafío Actual del Diálogo Interamericano,” in Dar Razón de Nuestra Esperanza. El anuncio del Evangelio en una sociedad plural, ed. Cecilia Inés Avenatti de Palumbo and Jorge Scampini, OP (Buenos Aires: Agape Libros, 2012)

  • "Thinking Out Loud about the Triune God: Problems and Prospects for a Trinitarian Social Ethic in a Procedural Republic," A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011)

  • "Trinity and Creation: David L. Schindler and the Catholic Tradition," Being Holy in the World: Theology and Culture in the Thought of David L. Schindler (2011)

  • "Modernity and Post-Modernity" (Part I: Catholic Histories, Chapter 6), Blackwell Companion to Catholicism (2010)

  • "Disciples in the Midst of the World: Collaboration of the Lay Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests," Called to Holiness and Communion: Vatican II on the Church, ed. Rev. Stephen Boguslawski O.P. and Robert Fastiggi (University of Scranton Press, 2009)

  • “La productividad de la imagen en San Buenaventura y Nicolás de Cusa,” in El problema del conocimiento en Nicolás de Cusa: genealogía y proyección, eds. Jorge M. Machetta and Claudia D’Amico (Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos, 2005)

  • “Art and U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience,” in Introduction to the U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience, ed. Hector Avalos (Brill Academic Publishers, 2004)


  • “Beauty and the Little Stories of Holiness: What Alejandro García-Rivera Taught Me,” Diálogo 16, 2 (Fall 2013)

  • "Recognizing Diversity after Multiculturalism," New Theology Review (2008)

  • "Cusanus on Dionysius: The Turn to Speculative Theology," Modern Theology (2008)

  • "'The Great Task of the University': Reflections on the Regensburg Address of Pope Benedict XVI," Cultural Encounters—A Journal for the Theology of Culture (2008)

  • "Carmen Dei: Music and Creation in Three Theologians," Theology Today (2006)

  •  “The Painted Word,” The Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 6 (November 1998)




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