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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

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CV Link: Diaz CV

About

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 several universities, including Fordham University and University of Portland. Among his scholarly interests include trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, queer theologies, liberation theologies, and Latin@ theologies. He is a prolific writer and public speaker. His publications include books, articles, and speeches. His most recent publications are Queer God de Amor (Orbis Books, Spring 2022) and The Word Became Culture (Orbis Books, 2021). He is co-editor of the groundbreaking series in Orbis Books titled, Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente.

Prof. Diaz regularly contributes to efforts that bridge faith and public life. His commentary on various topics have aired on 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, The Daily Beast, La Croix, Religión Digital, 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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Awards

Honorary Degrees

2011               

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida

2010               

Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Fordham University, New York, New York

Doctor of Sacred Theology, Honoris Causa, Florida Center for Theological Studies, Miami, Florida

Awards

2013
Virgilio Elizondo Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theology on Dr. Miguel H. Díaz

2012
Award in Recognition to Service as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, National Museum of Catholic Art and History, Washington, D.C.

2011
Premio Internazionale “Bonifacio VIII,” Anagni, Italy

2010
Blessed are the Peacemakers Award, Chicago Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois

2007
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

2002
Hispanic Theological Initiative Book of the Year Award, On Being Human

Selected Publications

Recent Press and Public Engagements

Francisco Acepta Invitación para Dialogar con Jovenes Migrantes

NCR Columns: Theology en La Plaza

God's Word at the World's Borders

I was a terrified child migrant who became a theologian and U.S. ambassador.

Making America Inclusive Again: A “Catholic” Approach to Our Neighbors

Controversial Conversations: Faith and Public Life

Books

Queer God de Amor, in Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente (Orbis Press, Spring 2022).

The Word Became Culture, opening volume of Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente (Orbis Press, 2021). Ed. Miguel H. Díaz.

“The Word that Crosses: Life-giving Encounters with the Markan Jesus and Guadalupe,” opening chapter in The Word Became Culture, Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente.  Co-edited series by Orbis Books, 2021).  

Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente. Co-editor of series in Orbis Books.  2021. 

Rondine’s Method in Youth-led Diplomacy, co-edited book with Charles Haus (forthcoming by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022).

“On the Love of God and Neighbor: Hospitality and Rondine’s Transformative Method of Inter-Personal Human Encounters,” in Rondine’s Method in Youth-led Diplomacy, co-edited book with Charles Haus (forthcoming by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022). 

Loyola Law Journal, Vol. 50/1, Fall 2018, 50th Special Edition, Revised Conference Papers for the Spring 2018 Conference on the Question of Religious Freedom.

“Introduction to Essays from “The Question of Religious Freedom: From John Courtney Murray, SJ and Vatican II to the Present.”

“An Unfinished Project: John Courtney Murray, Religious Freedom, and Unresolved Tensions in Contemporary American Society,” 1-25.

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.