Woods College Faculty

María Soledad Del Villar Tagle

Doctoral Candidate


María Soledad was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. She is now living in the Boston area while pursuing her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Boston College. She is also a Resident Minister serving college students at BC. During her life, María Soledad has been able to combine her academic interests in theology, feminism, and politics with an active life of pastoral work among marginalized communities and young people both in Chile and the U.S. She is also a history teacher, and holds two masters, one on Contemporary History and one in Theology (M.T.S). She recently published a book that narrates the stories of the social workers of Vicaría de la Solidaridad, a Catholic institution that defended human rights during the last Chilean dictatorship (1973–1989).

In addition to her research and teaching experience, María Soledad has worked professionally as the coordinator of the Ignatian Youth Network in Chile, organizing different activities for undergrad students and young people connected to Ignatian Spirituality in Chile such as retreats, volunteer opportunities, and spaces of political and religious education. She also worked in a non-profit organization called TECHO, which mobilizes youth volunteers to fight extreme poverty in Latin America by constructing transitional housing and implementing social inclusion programs with marginalized communities.

Selected Publications and Research

María Soledad del Villar, Manuel Guerrero, Boris Hau y María Teresa Johansson, “Professions and profiles: epistemic communities and registration of human rights violations” in Bernasconi, Oriana (ed), Political Violence Resistance in Latin America: Documenting Atrocity. London: Palgrave Mcmillan, expected publication in 2019.

María Soledad Del Villar Tagle & Marcos Fernández Labbé, “Conceptos y prácticas en torno a la violación de los Derechos Humanos en Chile: la Vicaría de la Solidaridad, 1976-1990.” En Revista Historia 365, No. 1, 2019, pp. 125 – 194.

Del Villar, M. Soledad. 2018. “The Küme Mongen and the Reign of God”. Lumen Et Vita 9 (1). https://doi.org/10.6017/lv.v9i1.10870."


María Soledad Del Villar Tagle, Las Asistentes Sociales de la Vicaría de la Solidaridad: Una historia profesional. Ediciones Alberto Hurtado, 2018.