A native of El Paso, Texas, Christopher Tirres has had a longstanding interest in the intersection between three quintessential American traditions: Latin American liberation theology, U.S. Latino/a theology, and U.S. pragmatism. He explores these connections in his first book, The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith: A Dialogue between Liberationist and Pragmatic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2014). Other research interests include critical pedagogy, ritual studies, and Latina feminism. Tirres has published a number of journals and edited book volumes, and he is currently working on a second book project entitled Portraits of Liberation Across the Latino/a Americas: Spiritual-Philosophical Profiles.
Tirres has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Hispanic Theological Initiative, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. One of his most recent projects, made possible through a DePaul Humanities Center Grant, involved a unique collaboration with two prominent Chicago street artists to produce murals that highlight the intellectual achievements of several prominent Latin American and U.S. Latino/a liberation thinkers.
Tirres is active in several scholarly organizations including the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP), the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S. (ACHTUS), and the American Academy of Religion (AAR), in which he serves as co-chair of the Latino/a Critical and Comparative Group.
Christopher Tirres is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University.
- The Aesthetics and Ethics of Faith: A Dialogue between Liberationist and Pragmatic Thought (Oxford University Press, 2014