Mayra Rivera Rivera

Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies


Mayra Rivera Rivera joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in July 2010. Her transdisciplinary work in critical theological studies engages key Christian themes in relation to current theory and philosophy. Rivera’s work also analyzes the role of religious ideas in Latina theory.

Her book 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). Her most recent book, Poetics of the Flesh (2015), explores the connections between theological, philosophical, and political metaphors of body and flesh.

For more information, please visit her website.

Selected Publications

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    Poetics of the Flesh (Duke University Press, 2015), by Mayra Rivera Rivera

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    Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (Chalice Press, 2004), by Mayra Rivera Rivera

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    The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007), by Mayra Rivera Rivera

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    Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality and Theology (December 2010, Fordham University Press), by Mayra Rivera Rivera