Mayra Rivera Rivera

Mayra Rivera Rivera

Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (FAS)
HDS Professor Mayra Rivera

On leave

Spring 2018

Education

  • BS ChE, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
  • MTS, PhD, Drew University

Profile

Mayra Rivera is Professor of Religion and Latinx Studies at Harvard University. She is also chair of the standing Committee on Ethnicity Migration Rights and a faculty member in Harvard’s doctoral program in American Studies.

Rivera works at the intersections between continental philosophy of religion, literature, and theories of coloniality, race and gender—with particular attention to Caribbean postcolonial thought. Her research explores the relationship between discursive and material dimensions in shaping human embodiment. 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), analyzes theological, philosophical, and political descriptions of “flesh” as metaphors for understanding how social discourses materialize in human bodies.

Rivera is currently developing a project that explores narratives of catastrophe and/as Genesis in twentieth-century Caribbean writing. She is also at work on a book examining the role of religion in the constitution of the human in the works of Caribbean writer and theorist Sylvia Wynter.

Full CV

Selected publications

  • Poetics of the Flesh (Duke University, 2015) Publisher page
  • Planetary Loves: Spivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology (Fordham University, 2010) Publisher page
  • The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007) Publisher page
  • Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (Chalice Press, 2004) Publisher page

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