Victor Carmona

Victor Carmona
Phone: (619) 260-4069
Office: Maher Hall 297

Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
  • M.T.S., University of Notre Dame, Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, International Politics, Law, and Organizations

During undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a professor introduced Victor Carmona to Catholic social teaching to help him think through the fundamental questions of power and justice that immigrants’ lives raise. That encounter moved him to work with immigrants and border communities with the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops (CEM-Movilidad Humana), the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and non-profits. Six years later, those experiences called him to grapple with their implications in light of the Catholic tradition through graduate studies in moral theology and Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame. After five years teaching graduate students at Oblate School of Theology, Carmona joined the Department in 2017. He is excited to continue engaging those questions, experiences, and implications—and nourish new ones—at USD, the only major US Catholic university at the US-Mexico border.

Areas of Expertise

Theological ethics, Catholic Latinx theologies, Catholic social thought, Immigration Ethics, theologies of migration, Catholic Church and migration.

Scholarly Work

Immigrants and border communities’ experiences raise fundamental theological-ethical questions with deep institutional, social, and spiritual dimensions. Carmona’s research explores them by advancing theological-ethical analyses of migration with a global perspective grounded in Latinx points of view. His dual aim is to draw from the wisdom the Catholic tradition offers to create more just immigration systems and to nurture its ability to do so in increasingly pluralistic and interdependent societies.

Recent pieces include chapters on immigration in Value and Vulnerability: An Interfaith Dialogue on Human Dignity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020), where Carmona analyzes the US and European efforts to externalize their border enforcement to stop Central American and Syrian refugees attempting to reach their borders, and in Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives (Liturgical Press, 2020), where he tends to the dilemmas that mixed-status families are confronting in daily life to diversify Catholic reflections on family ethics.

Please visit Dr. Carmona’s Academia website for an Academic CV with information on his teaching, research, and service, and to access his work.


Areas of Interest

Carmona teaches courses in Catholic theology, theological ethics, spirituality, and Latinx theology.  They include Spirituality and Struggle, an Introductory Studies in Catholic Theology course, Catholic Social Thought, and Fact and Faith: Immigration through the Lens of Sociology and Theology (team-taught with Dr. Greg Prieto, Sociology) and beginning in the Spring of 2022, Latino/a/x Catholicism. In the spirit of acompañamiento, he enjoys accompanying students to nurture their ability to think critically about their spirituality, faith, and values as they discern the kind of life and communities they aspire to create.

Carmona serves as vice-president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S., as a member of the Board of Directors of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, as chair of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Advisory Board of the US Province of the OMIs, and as a volunteer interpreter for Casa Cornelia Law Center.

Office Hours

Section 80
1/26 - 5/19 W 4:45 pm - 5:45 pmMaher Hall - 297
1/26 - 5/19 T TH 10:45 am - 11:45 amMaher Hall - 297