Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Spotlight On: Miguel Diaz

Miguel Diaz, PhD, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service in the Department of Theology at Loyola University Chicago, edited The Word Became Culture, the inaugural volume of a series examining culture and theology from Latinx perspectives.

We shine this week’s faculty spotlight on Miguel H. Diaz, John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service in the Department of Theology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, to celebrate the publication of his edited book, The Word Became Culture (Orbis Press, 2021).

Diaz’s book is the first of a new series, Disruptive Cartographers, which examines issues in theology in Latinx communities and the colonial and cultural implications of cartography. Robert Ellsberg, editor in chief of Orbis Press, says the series seeks to “change old ways of thinking and re-map the horizons that frame our theology." Diaz’s contribution to this series, The Word Became Culture, focuses on this re-mapping, exploring important themes of theology, culture, and political discourse in Latinx communities. The book invites readers to ponder the multiple ways God crosses into concrete cultural experiences to challenge human oppression and offer life.

Diaz is a scholar of theology, culture, and social and political dialectic. Among his research interests are Trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, political theology, and Latino/a theology, which is the focus of The Word Became Culture. His publications include numerous books, articles, and speeches. He is currently working on another book in the Disruptive Cartographers Series on God in Latino/a theology. He was appointed by President Barack Obama as the ninth U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and served from 2009-2012.

Díaz obtained his doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and member and former President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). In 2013, Diaz was the recipient of the prestigious Virgilio Elizondo Award from ACHTUS, given in recognition for distinguished achievement in theology. He writes a regular column for the National Catholic Reporter.

“Miguel Diaz is a leading voice in Latinx theology today and is an example of how scholarship can promote public dialogue and shape our approaches to human rights, spiritual life, and public policy,” says Peter J. Schrader, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Miguel’s scholarship, writing, and public service builds knowledge and bridges in our society and around the globe.”