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Gerald M. Boodoo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for African Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department Theology

Fisher Hall 621
Phone: 412.396.1929

Education:

Ph.D., Religious Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1991
Expertise

Dr. Boodoo is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and specializes in theologies of the Third World with particular emphasis on the Caribbean region. His concerns are to find appropriate ways to engage theological reflection that allow for multiple and varied voices to be heard as ways to enhance contemporary theological endeavor.

He has published numerous articles and chapters on theology in the Caribbean and is currently working on texts that explore theology in the Caribbean and among Caribbean immigrants in North America.

Dr. Boodoo serves on the international committee of the recently formed World Forum on Theology and Liberation, on the executive board of the Conference of Theology in the Caribbean Today, on the board of Caribbean Catholics of North America, and has served for six years as convener of the World Church Theology Group of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Scholarship

Selected publications:

"Caribbean Catholics of North America: Call and Response," in Groundings: Catholic Theological Reflections on Issues Facing Caribbean People in the 21st Century 19 (2007).

"Abyss and Dislocation: Metaphysics and Context," in Religious Experience and Contemporary Theological Epistemology (ed. L. Boeve, Y. De maeseneer, S. Van Den Bossche; Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2005), 133-139. 

"Understanding Church and Theology in the Caribbean Today," in Many Faces, One Church: Cultural Diversity and the American Catholic Experience (ed. Peter C. Phan and Diana Hayes; Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), 117-136. 

"De Schrijver's Wager, Theology and Dehumanization: The Meaning of Liberation in a Forced Theological Context," in Mediations in Theology: Georges De Schrijver's Wager and Liberation Theologies (ed. Jacques Haers, et al.; Leuven: Peeters, 2003);

"La Divina Pastora Feast of Trinidad: Conversation, Power and Possibilities," in Theology and Conversation: Towards a Relational Theology (ed. J. Haers & P. De Mey; Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2003), 487-501.

Teaching

Theological Foundations; Theologies of Liberation; Hermeneutics; Theological Method.

Center for African Studies

Dr. Boodoo is the Director of Duquesne's new Center for African Studies.  The Center of African Studies promotes Duquesne University's constructive engagement with Africa through teaching, scholarship and service. It strives to create and encourage opportunities to experience the many rich African traditions and cultures from interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives.