Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, PhD
University of Miami
Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Michelle A. Gonzalez(Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado) is a professor of religious studies, assistant provost of undergraduate education and executive director of the Office of Academic Enhancement at the University of Miami. Through her work in the Office of Academic Enhancement Dr. Maldonado focuses on academic advocacy for first generation and underrepresented students.
Maldonado received her Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California in 2001. An exemplary scholar and prolific author, Maldonado is the author of numerous books, including Caribbean Religious History (co-authored with Ennis Edmunds, NYU Press, 2010); Shopping: Christian Explorations of Daily Living(Fortress, 2010); and, Embracing Latina Spirituality: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009). In her latest book, A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide (NYU Press, 2014), Dr. Maldonado speaks to the “increasing marginalization of liberation theology” and challenges the “invisible boundaries that define the study of religion.” She argues that a continuing emphasis on the critical justice concerns that liberation theologians posed decades ago requires that theologians “radically reconceptualize the theological task” and write in ways that connect with the religious realities and daily struggles of everyday people around the world.