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Department ofReligious Studies

Pearl Maria Barros

Pearl Maria Barros

Assistant Professor

Pearl Maria Barros received her BA in English and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University.  Her thesis, “Learning to Listen: An Analysis of the Discrepancy Between ‘First World’ and Two Thirds World Christian Feminist Biblical Studies” won the 2005 Theodore Mackin Senior Thesis Award.  In 2006, she left her beloved California to pursue graduate studies in theology at Harvard Divinity School, earning her MTS in 2008.  Barros continued at Harvard for doctoral studies, completing her Th.D. in Religion, Gender, and Culture in 2016.  Her research focuses on the relationships between sexuality, subjectivity, and spirituality in Latina women’s writings, especially in Anzaldúan thought.  Currently, she is working on a book exploring the role of spirituality as decolonial epistemology within Gloria Anzaldúa’s writings.  Barros specializes in Christian theology with an emphasis on theological anthropology, feminist and other liberationist theologies, and decolonial thought.  She is an Editorial Assistant for Theological Studies and is also a member of the Critical Gender Studies Research Initiative at SCU.

In the News

October 24, 2019

Pearl Maria Barros published an article in Sojourners magazine, “The Power of Humility” (alternately titled: “How I Learned the Difference Between Humility and Humiliation” in the online version of the article), in which she rethinks the Christian virtue of humility through a Catholic feminist Latinx lens.