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Melissa Pagán - PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director, Religious Studies, Religious Studies-MA

PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society—Emory University
MA in Theology—Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
MA in Bioethics—Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles


Dr. Pagán is a lay Catholic decolonial feminist ethicist. She holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Emory University. Her areas of research include analyses of the logics of global coloniality in the increasing militarization of both physical and ideological borders between persons and issues of race, gender, and sexuality in Catholic Social Thought. Her areas of teaching include: Catholic social ethics, feminist ethics, sexual ethics, and postcolonial and decolonial theologies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), the Board of Directors for the Web Branch of Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., and is a Co-Convener of the Latina/o Consultation of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA).