Robert Lassalle-Klein is Professor of Religious Studies and faculty director of the California Catholic Conference Partnership at Holy Names University. He has the following degrees: Ph.D. (Systematic Theology and New Testament), Graduate Theological Union; M.Div. and S.T.L., Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara; M.S.W., San Jose State; M.A. (Phil), Gonzaga; Lic. Phil., St. Michael’s Institute; B.A. (English), SCU. Bob has taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara, DePaul University in Chicago, Santa Clara University, and the Universitat Ramon Llul, in Barcelona, Spain. He was a Bannan Fellow at SCU in 2011, returned as Visiting Asst. Prof. of Pastoral Ministries in 2014-15, and occasionally teaches in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. He did his dissertation with Jon Sobrino, S.J., survivor of the Jesuit assassinations at the University of Central America in 1989, and published Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (2014). He recently published Jesus of Nazareth Among the Nations: One Gospel, Many Voices (Crossroads/ Herder, 2020), Jon Sobrino: Spiritual Writings (Orbis, 2018), and has edited volumes on Jesus of Galilee: Contextual Christology for the 21st Century (Orbis, 2011), The Galilean Jesus (Theological Studies, 2009), and The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (with Kevin Burke, S.J., Liturgical/Glazier, 2006). He is currently collaborating with Jesuit Refugee Service International on Voices of Refugees and Migrants, and doing research for Jesus the Migrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times. Bob is a deacon for the Spanish-speaking community in San Jose and currently serve on the boards of the USCCB Region XI Seminar on Formation of Hispanic Ministry, and the Oakland Catholic Worker, and recently rotated off the board of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
His research interests include contextual christologies (Jesus the Migrant, Jesus of Nazareth among the Nations), fundamental theology and human rights (“Sentient Intelligence, Evolution, and the Brain: Ellacuria’s Prescient Solution to the Problem of Nature and Grace”), Latin America (Ignacio Ellacuria, Jon Sobrino, and the Church in L.A.), Ignatian spirituality, and migration (Voices of Refugees and Migrants).