Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.

Maria Pilar Aquino
Phone: (619) 260-4280
Office: Maher Hall 276D

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

  • S.T.D., Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain
  • S.T.L., Instituto Teológico de Estudios Superiores (ITES, Theological Institute of Superior Studies) of México City, accredited by the Pontifical Catholic University do Río Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • S.T.B., Instituto Teológico de Estudios Superiores (ITES, Theological Institute of Superior Studies) of México City, accredited by the Pontifical Catholic University do Río Grande do Sul, Brazil

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D., joined the USD Theology and Religious Studies faculty in 1993. Her primary areas of teaching and research are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. Currently, she serves both on national and international editorial boards of prominent theological journals.  Aquino has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Latin American and U.S. Latina feminist theologies of liberation.

Areas of Expertise

Liberation Theologies, Feminist Theology of Liberation, Religion and Society

Areas of Interest

Aquino teaches upper division courses on liberation theologies, social ethics, feminist theologies, and justice and reconciliation. At both USD and other universities, she has taught a variety of graduate courses, including ecumenical traditions of social justice, Latina feminist theologies, truth and reconciliation commissions, religion and conflict transformation, and social conflict and religious peacebuilding. Aquino has the distinction of being appointed, in 2006, as Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J. Professor of Faith and Culture by the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City; in 2008-2009 as Steber Professor of Theology and Religious Studies by the University of San Diego; and in 2008-2009 as Visiting Professor of Theology by The Divinity School of Harvard University.