Francisco Lozada, Jr.

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Francisco Lozada, Jr. is the Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament and Latinx Studies. He holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. He is a past co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section (SBL), past chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and a past member of SBL Council. He is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, a past steering committee member of the Bible, Indigenous Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and past co-chair of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation (SBL). He also serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Summer Program, and mentored several doctoral students with the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). Dr. Lozada’s most recent publications concern cultural and ideological interpretation while exploring how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. As a teacher, he co-led immersion travel seminars to Guatemala to explore colonial/postcolonial issues and, most recently, to El Paso, TX, and Nogales, AZ, to study life and society in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

In 2014-15 Dr. Lozada was part of a leadership team for the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology and Religion Workshop for Pre-Tenture Theological School Faculty. In April 2019, Dr. Lozada received The Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Brite Divinity School (April 2019). Dr. Lozada is Catholic and married to Wendi Lozada-Smith (Disciples of Christ).


Ph.D., The Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, 1997
M.A., The Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, 1994
M.T.S., The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, 1990
B.A., John Carroll University, 1988




  • Introduction to Koine Greek
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • History of Hermeneutics
  • Galatians
  • Gospel of John
  • Critical Introduction to New Testament Approaches (Methods)
  • Introduction to Latino/a Christianity
  • Immigration and the Bible
  • Latino/a Biblical Interpretation
  • Cultural Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation
  • Minoritized Biblical Interpretation
  • U.S. Borderlands: Context and Praxis (Travel Seminar to El Paso)
  • Liberation Theology (Travel Seminar to Guatemala)


  • John: An Introduction and Study Guide: History, Community, and Ideology (T&T Clark’s Study Guides to the New Testament); London: Bloomsbury, 2020.
  • Toward a Latino/a Biblical Interpretation. Resources for the Biblical Study, 91; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017.
  • Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, and Strategies. Edited with Fernando F. Segovia; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2014.
  • Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. Edited with Greg Carey. Soundings in Cultural Criticism Series; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.
  • New Currents Through John: A Global Perspective. Editor with Thomas Thatcher. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2006.
  • A Literary Reading of John 5: Text as Construction. Studies in Biblical Literature 20. NY: Peter Lang, 2000.

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

  • “Teaching the New Testament Toward an Expanded Contextual Approach,” in Perspectives Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament (eds., Francisco Lozada, Jr. and Greg Carey; Soundings in Cultural Criticism Series; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013).
  • “Matthew 6:9b-13 (The Lord’s Prayer): Explorations into a Latino/a Optic on Language and Translation,” in Matthew and Context (Minneapolis: Fortress Press), 2012.
  • “New Testament Studies and Postcolonialism: Placing Johannine Studies within the Discourse,” in Meaning and Method: Essays on New Testament Interpretation in Honor of Harold W. Attridge (eds., Andrew B. McGowan and Kent Harold Richards; Atlanta, SBL Publications, 2011).
  • “Journey and the Fourth Gospel: A Latino/a Exploration,” in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology (July 2011) Vol. 65, No. 3: 264-275.
  • “Exegesis: Matthew 5:1-12,” in Lectionary Homiletics (January 30, 2011): 71-72.


  • “Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: A Question of Being and/or Practice,” in the SBL Bible and Cultural Studies Section, November 2012 (Annual SBL Meeting in Chicago, IL).
  • “Response to Minoritized Readings of John 4,” in the SBL Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation Consultation, November 2012 (Annual SBL Meeting in Chicago, IL).
  • “After Twenty Years: A Latino/a Response to Stony the Road We Trod,” in the African American Hermeneutics Session, SBL Annual Meeting, November 2011.
  • “Envisioning the Future: Ethos and Ethics of Graduate Biblical Education—A Response,” in the Ethos and Ethics of Graduate Biblical Education Session, SBL International Meeting, July 2011.
  • “A Contextual Reading of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew,” Contextual Hermeneutics Session, SBL, Atlanta, Georgia 2010.

Professional Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature
SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas)
Catholic Biblical Association
Catholic Theological Society of America
Academy of Catholic Theologians of the United States
Prospanica (Hispanic Business Professionals)