Current Visiting Scholars

The CSWR has four visiting scholars for the 2015-16 academic year:

Gloria Maité Hernández completed her PhD in Spanish Literature at Emory University as a Fellow of the American Association of University Women. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures of West Chester University. Her research focuses on mystical literature from Medieval and Early Modern Spain and the Hindu Vaiṣṇava tradition. She has published various articles on comparative theology and literature in journals like Literature Compass and the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies. In 2015 she published a co-authored volume about the teachings of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy in Spain during the early twentieth-century. She is currently working on the manuscript Tasting God, a literary and theological comparison between John of the Cross’s Cántico espiritual and the Sanskrit text Rāsa Līlā (The Dance of Divine Love).

Norbert Hintersteiner is Professor of World Christianity / Missiology and the Study of Theologies Beyond Europe at the University of Muenster, Germany (since 2013). Previously he was worked at Trinity College Dublin; the Catholic University of America in Washington DC; the Universities of Vienna, Mainz, and Utrecht. He specializes in World Christianity and cross-cultural theologies, comparative theology, and the study of religions. His book publications include: Traditionen überschreiten: Angloamerikanische Beiträge zur interkulturellen Traditionshermeneutik (2001); Naming and Thinking God in Europe Today: Theology in Global Dialogue (editor, 2007); Postcolonial Europe in the Crucible of Cultures (co-editor, 2007); Thinking the Divine in Interreligious Encounter (editor, 2012). During his stay at the CSWR in 2015-16, he worked on 17th century Indo-Persian theological writings, focusing on Jesuit Jerome Xavier's cross-cultural and interreligious engagement with Mughal India and Safavid Persia through his Āyena-ye ḥaqq-namā.

Manuel Hurtado's research and teaching bring together Systematic Theology and Theology of Religions with a special interest in Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue with South Amerindian Cultures and Religions in the horizon and inspiration of his theological research. After earning his doctorate in Theology (Centre Sèvres, Paris, France), Professor Hurtado has been teaching Christology and Theology of Religions at the Jesuit School of Theology in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and at the Catholic University in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He also teaches Systematic Theology of Mission, as Visiting Professor at Latin-American Institute of Missiology in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He is associate editor of Theologica Latinoamericana. Digital Encyclopedia. During his sabbatical semester at CSWR, he will study the methods of Comparative Theology with special attention as to how these methods may provide the best road map for comparative or interreligious and intercultural theology, especially as it is lived in some parts of Europe and Latin America.  Professor Hurtado also has an emerging interest to relate Christian spirituality with other spiritualities, as a way to accomplish a Practical Dialogue of religious experience, particularly within indigenous spiritualities. He is a Bolivian Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus, where he has served in a variety of Jesuit works including spiritual direction, parishes’ assistance and formation of young Jesuits.

Dong Zhao, Associate Professor of the School of English and International Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, has research interests in the comparative study of Buddhism and Christianity as well as Chinese religions through literary and sociological approaches. He teaches Buddhism in Chinese Culture, Readings in Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist Classics, and Bible as Literature. His book The Bible and The Faerie Queen was published by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (China) in 2008. He is currently working on The Reading of Christian Gospels through Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Sutras, which is also his research focus in the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School as a Visiting Scholar. His peer-reviewed articles were published in Chinese and international academic journals.