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B.A. College of New Rochelle (1992)
M.T.S. Harvard University Divinity School (1994)
Ph.D. Drew University (2000)
A native of New York City and born of Puerto Rican parents, Benjamin Valentin taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, where he was Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Orlando E. Costas Lectureship in Latino/a Religion and Theology before joining the Yale faculty in 2016.
Valentin’s teaching and research interests are in contemporary theology and culture, U.S. Latino/a Christianity and theology; Christianity in Latin America; liberation theology; and constructive theology. In general, his focus is on leading people to explore the possibility of a theological outlook that is responsive to new occasions, challenges, and duties in our late modern era.
He is the author of the award winning Mapping Public Theology: Beyond Culture, Identity, and Difference (winner of the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s 2003 Latino/a Book of the Year Award) and, more recently, of Theological Cartographies: Mapping the Encounter with God, Humanity, and Christ (2015). He is also editor of New Horizons in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology (2003) and In Our Own Voices: Latino/a Renditions of Theology (2010), and co‐editor of The Ties That Bind: African American and Hispanic American/Latino(a) Theologies in Dialogue and Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans On Popular Culture and Religious Expression (2009). Valentin is currently at work on an edited volume that explores the present and future of theological education in the United States. He aims to begin work on a third monograph soon that will explore the influence that place or places have on our ways of thinking about and of experiencing/interpreting the world, and therefore on matters of theological outlook, orientation, and methodology. And this will be carried out as part of an effort to develop a Latino theology of place.
Valentin has been a leader in his field in many ways for some time now, seen nationally and internationally as a premier interpreter of U.S. Latino/a theology and liberation theology. He is a member of the renowned American Theological Society; and is a steering committee member of the acclaimed Constructive Theology Workgroup. He is also on the steering committee of the American Academy of Religion’s Theology and Religious Reflection Section and Liberation Theologies Group. Valentin served as co‐chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Latina/o Religion, Culture, and Society Group from 2007‐2013. And he continues to do work for the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium in various leadership capacities, a mentoring and scholarship program he has been involved with since 1999.
1. The Ties That Bind: African American and Hispanic American/Latino(a) Theologies in Dialogue, editor, (Continuum Press, 2000)
2. Mapping Public Theology: Beyond Culture, Identity, and Difference (Trinity Press International, 2003)
3. New Horizons in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology, editor, (The Pilgrim Press, 2003)
4. Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans on Popular Culture and Religious Expression, editor, (Duke University Press, 2009).
5. In Our Own Voices: Latino/a Renditions of Theology, editor, (Orbis Books, 2010).
6. Theological Cartographies: Mapping the Encounter with God, Humanity, and Christ (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015).