Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies
Kathryn Valdivia has taught at the University of San Diego since 2004. She is a PhD Candidate from Claremont Graduate University in their School of Religion in the program, Philosophy of Religion and Theology. She teaches Introduction to Biblical Studies, Christianity and Its Practice, Introduction to Catholic Theology, and Problem of God. Her main areas of research are contemporary metaphysics, philosophical theology, and philosophy of religion.
Professor Valdivia earned her B.A. in interdisciplinary humanities, magna cum laude, and her M.A. in practical theology from the University of San Diego. Her candidacy for the PhD is through Claremont Graduate University.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Professor Valdivia’s philosophical interests have been largely formed by the continental tradition. Her theological work focuses on 19th and 20th century Christian Doctrine, interrelation of Trinitarian Theology with Christology, Eschatology, and the theological appropriation of Martin Heidegger. Professor Valdivia’s current research focuses on continental philosophical contributions to Christian theologies of death. Specifically, her dissertation research focuses upon the philosophical influence of Martin Heidegger upon the theological teachings of Karl Rahner’s theology of death.
Professor Valdivia has taught courses at USD, SDSU, Cuyamaca College and the University of Phoenix about critical thinking, ethics, introductions to philosophy, comparative world religions, comparative world mythologies, biblical studies, introduction to humanities, history of Christianity, and Catholic theology.