Constructive theologian and former chemical engineer Mayra Rivera Rivera has been named Assistant Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies at Harvard Divinity School. She will join the HDS faculty July 1, 2010.
Since 2006, Rivera Rivera has served as Assistant Professor of Theology at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She also advises doctoral students of the Graduate Theological Union—a consortium of graduate theological seminaries and centers located in the San Francisco Bay area.
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, a Stanford University scholar of social and cultural anthropology and of Africana and Latino/a studies, has been appointed Assistant Professor of African American Religions, effective July 1, 2009.
"We are delighted to welcome Aisha Beliso-De Jesús to Harvard," said Dean William A. Graham. "Her strong anthropological skills and her work in Cuban Santería within the study of African American religious traditions will bring important new offerings to our curriculum."