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Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry


Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid holds a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union and an M.Div. from Seattle University. She works at the intersection of systematic theology and practical theology.

Selected Courses

Dr. Pineda-Madrida will be on sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year.


Other Courses

American Pragmatism & Theology
Exploring Catholicism
Feminist Theologies and the Question of Salvation 
Foundations of Theology: A Latino/a Perspective
Latinas Writing Theology
Seminar: Practical Theology 
Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective
Thinking Theologically for a Diverse Church and Society



Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez.  Minneapolis, MN:  Fortress Press, 2011.

Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fullfillment.  (Co-edited with Richard Lennan, Paulist Press, 2013)

The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire [Co-edited with Richard Lennan] (Paulist, 2017).

Other Publications

“Resistiendo al Feminicidio, Interrogando la Salvación” In La Teología de la Liberación en Prospectiva. Tomo I – Trabajos Científicos.  Ed. Fundación Amerindia. Montevideo, Uruguay: Doble clic, 2012: 718-726.  e-book.

“Feminicide and the Reinvention of Religious Practices” In Women, Wisdom, and Witness:  Engaging Contexts in Conversation.  Edited by Rosemary P. Carbine and Kathleen J. Dolphin. Collegeville,MN:  Liturgical Press, 2012: 61-74.

“Latina Theology” In  Liberation Theologies in the United States:  An Introduction.  Edited by Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas and Anthony B. Pinn.  New York:  NYU Press, 2010: 61-85.

“Latina Feminist Theology:  Charting Future Discourse” In New Feminist Christianity:  Many Voices, Many Views.  Edited by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu.  Woodstock, VT:  SkyLight Paths, 2010:21-29.

“Social Suffering, Its Aftermath and Questions of Redemption.”  In Secularization Theories, Religious Identity and Practical Theology.  Eds. Wilhelm Gräb & Lars Charbonnier.  Berlin, Germany:  LIT Verlag, 2009: 235-242.                                            

“Through the Leaven of Popular Catholic Practices: Women Transforming Church.” In Prophetic Witness:  Catholic Women’s Strategies for the Church.  Boston College’s C21 Series. Ed. Colleen Griffith.  New York:  Herder & Herder, 2009:  188-196.

“Latinas Writing Theology at the Threshold of the Twenty First Century.” In Feminist Theologies: Legacy and Prospect. Fortress Press (2007)
Offers a brief overview of Latina theologies in terms of their origins, their diverse methodologies and their emerging questions. 

“Traditioning: The Formation of Community, The Transmission of Faith.” In Futuring Our Past: Explorations in the Theology of Tradition. Orbis Press (2006)
Argues that through ongoing processes of interpretation, communities are formed in which “traditioning” takes place. 

“Latina Roman Catholic Theologies.” In Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Indiana University Press (2006)
Briefly addresses the historical development of a Latina gender consciousness and then offers a survey of the field of Roman Catholic Latinas writing theology today. 

“Guadalupe’s Challenge to Rahner’s Theology of Symbol.” In Rahner Beyond Rahner: A Great Theologian Encounters the Pacific Rim. Rowman & Littlefield (2005)
Argues that contemporary interpretations of the religious symbol of Our Lady of Guadalupe pose a challenge to Rahner’s supernatural existential. 

“Notes Toward a ChicanaFeminist Epistemology (and Why It Is Important for Latina Feminist Theologies).” In A Reader In Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice. University of Texas Press. (2002)
Argues that how Chicanas interpret core symbols (in other words, their process of “coming to know”) has significant implications for their drive toward full humanity and consequently, for the construction of Latina feminist theologies. 

“In Search of a Theology of Suffering, Latinamente.” In The Ties That Bind: African-American and Hispanic-American/Latino Theology in the United States. Continuum (2001)
Draws on Latina literature to explore the theological significance of suffering.