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2017 D’Angelo Chair

Agnes M. Brazal

An associate professor of theology and research fellow at De la Salle University, Manila, Philippines, Agnes M. Brazal, S.T.L., S.T.D., has earned recognition as a prolific scholar in feminist and migration theological ethics and methods of doing intercultural and postcolonial theologies. She joins the Theology and Religious Studies faculty in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as the 2017 Peter and Margaret D’Angelo Chair for the Humanities at St. John’s University.

Brazal is past President and founding member of the DaKaTeo (Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines) and one of the first coordinators and "mothers" of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an association of Catholic women theologians in Asia. She has been a planning committee member of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church since 2007, and has served on the editorial board of Theological StudiesAsian Christian Review, and Budhi. In addition, Brazal is an international advisory board member for the publication, Louvain Studies.

The recipient of numerous honors, Brazal is a productive researcher. Her accolades include the 2003 MWI (Institute of Missiology, Missio, Aachen) prize for the international academic essay contest on Contextual Theology and Philosophy on the theme “Religious Identity and Migration,” and her book, Body and Sexuality, was a finalist in the 2007 National Book Award (Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board). Her publications include: a co-authored volume, Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context

(Borderless Press, 2015); and co-edited volumes, Theology and Power (Paulist Press, 2016), Living with (out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples (Orbis Books, 2016), The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines: Quo Vadis? (Ateneo de Manila   University Press, 2016), Church in the Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Transformative Theological Ethics: East Asian Contexts (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010), Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2008), and Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Reflections of Women in Asia (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2007). She has also published articles in journals such as Theological Studies, Concilium, Questions Liturgiques, Asian Christian Review, Asian Horizons, and Hapag.

Brazal earned her bachelor’s degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and her S.T.L. /M.A. and S.T.D./Ph.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.  She is teaching both an undergraduate and a graduate seminar on Migration: Theological and Ethical Challenges that will address the theological and ethical issues emerging from the phenomenon of human migration today. Brazal will also deliver two public lectures during the Spring 2017 semester.

Queens Campus
"Does Capitalism Kill? Critical Perspectives 50 Years after Populorum Progressio (Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical on the Development of Peoples).”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:50 pm (Common Hour)
D’Angelo Center, Room 206

Staten Island Campus
"Does Capitalism Kill? Critical Perspectives 50 Years after Populorum Progressio (Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical on the Development of Peoples).”
Monday, April 3, 2017
1:50 pm (Common Hour)
Kelleher Center, Kiernan Suite

For additional information, please contact Patricia Marchia at 718-990-6272  or marchiap@stjohns.edu.

Established in 2007, the Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Chair in the Humanities promotes excellence in teaching and scholarly exchange.