University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences Religious Studies Professor Honored with 2015 Alumna of the Year Award

Dr. Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, professor of religious studies and assistant provost for undergraduate education at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences, has been named 2015 Alumna of the Year by her alma mater, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by this award. It is not only a recognition of me but more importantly of those marginalized communities whose experiences of the sacred continue to inspire and challenge me,” said Dr. Maldonado.

Dr. Maldonado’s teaching specializations include Latino/a, Latin American, and feminist theologies as well as Afro-Caribbean studies. Maldonado is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Catholic Press Book Award for Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology (Orbis Books, 2007), and the Hispanic Theological Initiative Book Prize for Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas (Orbis Books, 2003). Maldonado is also a University of Miami Gabelli Scholar.

The GTU honored Maldonado with the 2015 Alumna of the Year Award at a reception in November. She will also be featured in the spring 2016 issue of Currents, the GTU magazine.

December 09, 2015