Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández

Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry

Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program



MA, Catholic University of America
DMin, Catholic University of America


Carmen is a Latin@ theologian whose scholarship focuses on areas of Latin@ theologies, Catholic social teaching, interreligious, ecumenical and intercultural relations, im/migration, sport and theology, and the intersections between faith and popular culture with particular attention to béisbol/baseball. She has presented in a variety of academic and pastoral venues including the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. She is currently completing her book ¡El Santo! Baseball and the Canonization of Roberto Clemente, which is under contract with the Sport and Religion series of Mercer University Press. With Gary Riebe-Estrella, SVD, Carmen is co-editor of the forthcoming Fortress Press book series Disruptive Cartographers: Remapping Theology Latinamente.

A past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), she received their Virgilio Elizondo Award for “distinguished achievement in theology” in 2012.


To learn more about Carmen see “Spanglish Lessons: Diversity and Theology,” an interview with U.S. Catholic:


Theologizing en Espanglish:  Context, Community and Ministry (Orbis, 2010).


Campus Ministry: Identity, Mission, and Praxis (National Catholic Educational Association, 1997, 2001).

“¡Una Pneumatología de Basta Ya!” Sermons from the Latino/a Pulpit, Eliser Valentin, ed. (Wipf and Stock, 2017, 28-34).


“A ‘Documented’ Response: Papal Teaching and People on the Move,” Immigrant Neighbors Among Us, M. Daniel Carroll Rodas and Leopoldo A. Sánchez, eds. (Wipf and Stock, 2015, 1-21).


“Lo Cotidiano as Locus Theologicus,” The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Latino/a Theology, Orlando O. Espín, ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 15-33).


“Ordinary Theologies, Extraordinary Circumstances: Baseball at the Intersections of Faith and Popular Culture,” Recovering 9/11 in New York, Robert Fanuzzi and Michael Wolfe, eds. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014, 68-87).


“Performative Theologies: Ritualizing the Daily Latinamente,” Liturgy Vol. 29: 3, Spring 2014, 21-30.


“Communities on the Hyphen: The Acts of the Apostles and el Camino,” Bible Today (May 2014):147–154.


Co-authored with Jean-Pierre Ruiz, “Dialogues in the Margins: The Biblia De Alba and the Future of Catholic-Jewish Understanding,” Toward the Future: Essays on Catholic-Jewish Relations in Memory of Rabbi León Klenicki, Celia Deutsch, Eugene Fisher and A. James Rudin, eds. (Paulist Press, 2013).


“Alternately Documented Theologies: Mapping Border, Exile and Diaspora,” Religion and Politics in America’s Borderlands, Sarah Azaransky, ed. (Lexington Books, 2013, 33-55).


“The Diaspora Bites Back: Eschatology en la teología profética de Luis Rivera Pagán,”Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, November 2012, 19-23.


“Creation: A Cosmo-politan Perspective,” In Our Own Voices: Latino/a Renditions of Theology, Benjamin Valentin, editor, (Orbis, 2010, 41-63).


“¡Despierta Iglesia! Reconfiguring Theologies of Ministry Latinamente,” Ministries in the Church (Concilium Series (2010/1), Susan Ross, Diego Irarrázabal, and Paul Murray, eds. (SCM, 2010, 93-102).


“From Pájaro to Paraclete: Retrieving the Spirit of God in the Company of Mary,” Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology, Orlando O. Espín, ed. (Orbis 2009, 13-28).

“Letter 19,” American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters (7 February 2017),


“Ancient Media for a New Day: Connecting with the Incarnation, The Living Pulpit (November 2015)


“¡Bienvenido Pope Francisco to Améric@ Latin@!” Huffington Post (September 22, 2015)


“Latin@ Theology and the Preferential Option for Culture,” America (April 10, 2015)


Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis, Latin@s and Popular Religion as Locus Theologicus, (Episode 6), Joy of the Gospel, CTU Series (2014),


“Held Hostage by Method? Interrupting Pedagogical Assumptions—Latinamente,” Theological Education, Volume 48, Number 1 (2013): 35–45,


“¡Presente!  The Prophetic Legacy of Monseñor Oscar Romero,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology (2006),