MAYRA RIVERA is a scholar of religion who focuses on the ethical dimensions of Christian thought, including how religion informs contemporary conceptions of race, gender, and coloniality. Her approach integrates the study of philosophical and literary texts, with particular attention to Latina/o and Caribbean sources.
Rivera is Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She is also a faculty member in Harvard’s doctoral program in American Studies and is chair of the standing Committee on Ethnicity Migration Rights.
Her most recent book, Poetics of the Flesh (2015), discusses how social discourses materialize in human bodies through an analysis of theological, philosophical, and political metaphors of flesh. The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God (2007) explores the relationship between models of divine otherness and ideas about interhuman difference. She is also co-editor, with Stephen Moore, of Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology (2010) and, with Catherine Keller and Michael Nausner, of Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (2004).
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