Paul G. Crowley, S.J., offers a hopeful look at the next generation of Catholic theologians in the February 7 issue of America. Though Fr. Crowley does not name specific young theologians in his article, he kindly offered this list for online posting. The individuals below are just beginning their academic careers: none of them have tenure. Fr. Crowley admits his list his subjective, and shaped by his own West Coast location, but it nonethless offers a window into the work of promising young theologians today. Others are welcome to add their own candidates in the comments boxes below.
Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Professor Pineda-Madrid is a faculty member of both the theology department and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at BC. Her area of interest is the intersection of systematic theology and practical theology.
Cecilia González-Andrieu, Loyola Marymount University. Among Professor González-Andrieu's areas of research are the theological study the poet-playwright Federico García Lorca and the teaching of theology "to communities that value and practice other ways of knowing."
Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, Loyola Marymount University. Professor Tiemeier specializes in comparative theology, particularly Hindu-Christian dialogue. Read her 2008 article from America, "Life in the Borderlands."
Mark Miller, University of San Francisco. Professor Miller wrote his dissertation at Boston College on the Jesuit Bernard Lonergan, and has taught abroad at Ateneo de Zamboanga and the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Lilian Dube, University of San Francisco. In addition to serving in the theology department, Professor Dube is chair of African Studies at USF. She teaches courses in feminist theology and her areas of interest include gender, HIV and AIDS.
Richard Miller, Creighton University. Professor Miller teaches the theology of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Rahner, and has written about the problem of suffering and evil. he has edited several books, including We Hold These Truths: Catholicism and American Political Life (Liguori).
Anh Tran, S.J., Georgetown University. Fr. Tran is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Georgetown, where he is studying religious pluralism. He was ordained a priest in 2005, and previously worked in health care ethics.