Earley Associate Professor of Catholic and Latin American Studies
Dr. Gandolfo is a constructive theologian in the Catholic tradition whose teaching and research interests coalesce around the following themes in feminist and Latin American liberation theologies: the place of motherhood in theology and spirituality; the theological and political significance of remembering suffering; and the decolonial ecclesiology of Christian base communities in Latin America. Her first book, The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology (Fortress, 2015), draws on women’s experiences of maternity and natality to construct a theology of suffering and redemption that is anchored in the reality of human vulnerability. She is also co-editor of Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology: Mothering Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), which brings together theological reflections on mothering by women scholars in theology, bible, and ethics. Gandolfo has recently completed a co-authored book manuscript entitled Re-membering the Reign of God: The Decolonial Witness of El Salvador’s Church of the Poor (under contract with Lexington Books) and is in the beginning stages of writing her next monograph, Eco-martyrdom in the Americas: Dying for Our Common Home (under contract with Orbis Books). Her articles have appeared in several edited volumes and in scholarly journals such as Horizons, Spiritus, Theology Today, and Louvain Studies.
BA, Saint Joseph’s University; MTS, University of Notre Dame; PhD, Emory University
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Introduction to Latin American Christian Traditions
- Latin American Liberation Theology
- Christian Responses to Immigration
- Contemporary Christologies
- Whiteness and Christian Theology
- Dangerous Memories: Theologies and Practices of Remembering Suffering
- Religion and Environmental Justice in Latin America
- Contemporary Ecotheologies: Reimagining and Reembodying God, Humanity, and Creation
- Mary, Saints, and Martyrs in Latinx Catholicism: The Politics of Holiness
- The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology, Fortress Press, 2015.
- Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology: Mothering Matters, co-edited with Claire Bischoff and Annie Hardison-Moody. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- Re-membering the Reign of God: The Decolonial Witness of El Salvador’s Church of the Poor, co-authored with Laurel Marshall Potter, under contract with Lexington Books.
- Eco-Martyrdom in the Americas: Dying for Our Common Home, under contract with Orbis Books.
- “Cuando el pobre crea en el pobre: Decolonial epistemology in the ecclesial base communities of El Salvador,” in Raimundo Barreto and Roberto Sirvent, eds., Decolonial Christianities: Latinx and Latin American Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
- “Medellín and the Problem of Whiteness: An Ambiguous Legacy,” in O. Ernesto Valiente, et. al, eds., Medellín: The Grace of Medellín: Reflections on the Significance of Medellín for the Church in the United States. Convivium Press, 2018.
- “Encountering God and Being Human ‘Where the Wild Things Are’: Maternal Experiences as an Eco-feminist Source for Theological Anthropology,” in Louvain Studies, special issue Relation, Vulnerability, and Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century, Volume 41, Issue 3 (2018).
- “La Virgen de Guadalupe” and “Comunidades Eclesiales de Base” in Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018).
- “Motherhood and the (In)vulnerability of the Imago Dei: Being Human in the Mystical-Political Cloud of Impossibility,” in Jenny Daggers and Grace Ji-Sun Kim, eds., Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Reprinted in Claire Bischoff, Elizabeth O’Donnell Gandolfo, and Annie Hardison-Moody, eds., Parenting as Spiritual Practice and Source for Theology: Mothering Matters. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- “A Truly Human Incarnation: Recovering a Place for Nativity in Contemporary Christology,” Theology Today 70/4 (2014).
- “Mary Kept These Things, Pondering Them in Her Heart: Breastfeeding as Contemplative Practice and Source for Theology,” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 13/2 (2013). **N.B.: This article was awarded “Best Article Published in Theology in 2013” by the College Theology Society, June 2014.
- “Remembering the Massacre at El Mozote: A Case for the Dangerous Memory of Suffering as Christian Formation in Hope,” International Journal of Practical Theology 17/2 (2013).
- “Motherhood, Violence, and Peacemaking: A Practical-Theological Lesson From Liberia,” in Margaret R. Pfeil and Tobias L. Winright, eds., Violence, Transformation and the Sacred: They Shall be Called Children of God. Orbis Books, 2012.
- “Women and Martyrdom: Feminist Liberation Theology in Dialogue with a Latin American Paradigm,” in Horizons 34/1 (2007).
- “El Pueblo Es Mi Profeta: Monseñor Romero’s Theology of the People of God,” Catholic Theological Society of America, Theological Witness of Oscar Romero Interest Group, June 2019.
- “The Praxis of Decolonial Ecclesiology in the Base Communities of El Salvador,” College Theology Society, Ecclesiology Section, accepted for presentation in June 2018.
- “Christology, White Guilt, and White Privilege,” Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention, Christ Session, accepted for presentation in June 2018.
- “San Romero, Risen in the Salvadoran People and Canonized by the Salvadoran People: A Case Study in the Tension between Popular and Ecclesiastical Sainthood,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Roman Catholic Studies Group, November 2016.
- “Encountering God and Being Human ‘Where the Wild Things Are’: Maternal Experiences in Dialogue with Ecofeminist Theological Anthropology,” invited keynote address at the international conference “Relation, Vulnerability, and Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century” (final conference of the Anthropos Group), Leuven, Belgium, September 2016.
- “Laudato Si’ and Catholic Social Teaching: The Roots of a Revolutionary Document,” presentation for Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative’s panel event, “Laudato Si’ (Praised Be!): The Impact of Pope Francis’ Encyclical and Reflections on Our Common Home,” Wake Forest University, October 2015 and Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, February 2016.
- Women’s Lounge New Book Panel Presentation on The Power and Vulnerability of Love: A Theological Anthropology. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Women’s Lounge, November 2015.
- “To Feel with the Suffering of Christ: San Romero and the Sensus Fidelium,” Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Convention, Selected Session on “The Sensus Fidelium and the Crucified Peoples,” June 2015.
- “Human Vulnerability and the Negatively Known Humanum: A Challenge to the Theological Anthropology of Edward Schillebeeckx,” SECSOR, Constructive Theologies Section, March 2015.
- “Encountering God ‘Where the Wild Things Are’: Towards an Eco-Spirituality of Parenting,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Christian Spirituality Group, November 2013.
- “The Natal Body of Christ: Recovering a Place for Nativity in Christology,” Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Regional Meeting, Christology Session of the Constructive Theologies Section, March 2013.
- “Sorrowful Mothers or Iron Ladies? Liberian Women Peacemakers Subvert the Myth of Maternal Peacefulness,” College Theology Society, Annual Convention, June 2011.
- “The Dangerous Memory of El Mozote: A Practical Theological Defense of Hope in the Memory of Suffering,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Practical Theology Group, Session on “Rupture, Lament, Suffering and Practical Theology,” November 2010.
- “Acompañando la Vida: The Integration of Catholic Social Teaching and Community-based Education in the Ecclesial Base Communities of El Salvador,” Center for Social Concerns, “From Evangelization to Discipleship” Conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, June 2007.
- “A Feminist Approach to the Theme of Martyrdom in Latin American Liberation Theology,” Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2006.
- American Academy of Religion
- Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion
- College Theology Society
- Catholic Theological Society of America
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