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Jeremy V. Cruz

Assistant Professor
Theology and Religious Studies
Ph.D., Boston College
M.Div., Boston College
B.A., University of California, Riverside

Jeremy Cruz earned his B.A. in history from the University of California, Riverside. He studied at Loyola Marymount University and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, before earning a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. Jeremy has also gained insight into the role of religion in society by working as a faith-based community organizer, and as a lay ecclesial minister in his native California. Jeremy joined the St. John’s University faculty in 2014 and teaches courses in ethics and theology, as well as the capstone course for the undergraduate minor in Social Justice: Theory and Practice in the Vincentian Tradition. As a practitioner of moral advocacy, Jeremy volunteers with religious communities as they advocate for the rights and well-being of U.S. farmworkers. His current research focuses on justice for farmworkers and moral theories of social equality.

Research Interests

Social ethics; labor ethics; theories of coloniality, race and citizenship; Catholic social thought; political theology.

Teaching

  • Integrative Interdisciplinary Seminar in Social Justice
  • Race and Religion in the United States
  • Introduction to Catholic Moral Theology
  • Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Board Member, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS), 2013-present
  • Steering Committee Member, Latina/o Religion, Culture & Society Group, American Academy of Religion, 2010-present
  • Grant, Teaching and Learning Workshop, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2016-2017
  • Curriculum consultant and workshop leader, Hispanic Theological Initiative, 2016-2017
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Ethics Education, Fordham University, 2011-2014
  • Adjunct Professor, Fordham University, Fall 2013