Jorge A. Aquino, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, specializing in Latin American and U.S. Latinx Christian theologies and religious history, liberation theologies, race and religion, sexuality, and the theo-politics of social movements. He is involved in research, conference work, and publishing activities throughout the Américas (see his academia.edu profile).
Dr. Aquino is a principal researcher in the Theology, Ethics, and Politics Working Group of the Latin American Council on Social Sciences (CLACSO). The Working Group brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading theologians and social scientists from around the world for research on the political imports of Pope Francis's papacy. Dr. Aquino is a board member of GRUPO GEMRIP (the Multidisciplinary Study Group on Religion and the Public Sphere), an interdisciplinary religious-studies research center based in Buenos Aires. He serves on the editorial boards of two peer-reviewed GEMRIP journals — Horizontes Decoloniales (on decolonial religious studies) and Conexión Queer (on queer studies in theology and religion). Dr. Aquino is a past president (2014-2015) of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), North America's preeminent Latinx-Catholic theological society. He served as interim editorial director (2016-2018) of ACHTUS's peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.
At USF, Aquino serves on the steering committee of the Global Humanities program, which is now part of USF's Global Honors College. He previously chaired the university's minor programs in Chican@/Latin@ Studies and Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Dr. Aquino earned his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union and came to USF in 2005.
- Latin American theology and religious history
- Liberation Theology
- Race Theory and Faith-Based Social Movements
- Chicano/Latino Studies Minor Chair
- PhD, Graduate Theological Union