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Miguel H. Diaz, PhD

Title/s:  The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service and
Ambassador to the Holy See, Retired

Office #:  Cuneo Hall 433

Phone: 773.508.8372


CV Link: Diaz CV


Miguel H. Díaz is the John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service and was selected by President Barack Obama as the 9th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Prof. 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, Prof. Diaz was the recipient of the prestigious Virgilio Elizondo Award from ACHTUS, given in recognition for distinguished achievement in Theology. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of universities, including Fordham University and Portland University. Among his scholarly interests include Trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, political theology and Latino/a theology. He is a prolific writer and public speaker. His publications include books, articles, and speeches. He is currently working on three books: The Word Became Culture: Latino/a Theological Explorations, Building Bridges: God, Diplomacy and the Common Good and God in Latino/a Theology.

Prof. Diaz regularly contributes to efforts that bridge faith and public life. He has been a consultant to CNN, CNN en Español, Al Jazeera America, The Charlie Rose Show, BBC News, and Fox News. He has conducted interviews that have appeared in a wide selection of national and international newspapers that include the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and Infobae America.  His article entitled “A Tale of Two Countries: Pope Francis comes to Nuestra América,” was featured on the front cover of America Magazine on September 21, 2015 preceding the papal trip to Cuba and the United States. 

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Virgilio Elizondo Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theology on Dr. Miguel H. Díaz

Award in Recognition to Service as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, National Museum of Catholic Art and History, Washington, D.C.

Premio Internazionale “Bonifacio VIII,” Anagni, Italy

Blessed are the Peacemakers Award, Chicago Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois

Recognized for service as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians
Recognized for service to the Hispanic Theological Initiative on the 10th anniversary of the organization
Educational Trailblazer Theologian of the Year Award, Houston, Texas

Hispanic Theological Initiative Book of the Year Award, On Being Human

Selected Publications

Building Bridges: God, Diplomacy, and the Common Good (Forthcoming by Orbis Press)

God in Latina/o Theologies (Forthcoming by Fortress Press)

A series in Catholicism in the Common Good, editor (Forthcoming by Orbis Press)

On Being Human: U.S. Hispanic and Rahnerian Perspectives. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001

Co-editor, From the Heart of Our People: Explorations in Catholic Systematic Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1999