Emmanuel College is pleased to announce that Dr. Néstor Medina has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics and Culture, tenure stream, beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Dr. Medina holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College (2008). He specializes in critical cultural and intercultural methodology, liberationist (Latin American, Latina/o) and post/decolonial theology and ethics. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent University, School of Divinity, in Virginia. An active scholar, he has published two books and many articles in journals and edited volumes, and co-edited three volumes, in addition to translating articles for several notable Latin American liberation theologians. He currently holds a Louisville Research Grant and also received their Book Grant for Minority Scholars.
Dr. Medina’s first book, Mestizaje: (Re)Mapping “Race,” Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis, 2009), critically examines the intersection of cultural ideas about race with religious practices and symbols. His current research project fleshes out how the concept of mestizaje functioned historically and ethically in the context of Latin America and among Latinas/os. His most recent book, Christianity, Empire and the Spirit: (re)Configuring Faith and the Cultural (Brill, 2018), develops a decolonial understanding of culture. Out of his engagement with Canadian church communities, he also contributed a booklet, On the Doctrine of Discovery (2017), for the Canadian Council of Churches and is co-editor of Reading In-Between: How Minoritized Cultural Communities Interpret the Bible in Canada, which was released Feb, 2019.
Dr. Medina will contribute to Emmanuel College’s basic degree programs with courses in Christian ethics, religious ethics, and professional ethics. He brings to this work ethical standpoints of the Global South. His syllabi use well-crafted case studies to explore various markers of difference through a liberationist lens, along with attention to Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish ethics.
The addition of Dr. Medina to Emmanuel College’s faculty will enhance the school’s work of equipping leaders and scholars for contextual analysis and inclusive practices of justice and care.
Please join the faculty and staff in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Néstor Medina.