Francisco Lozada, Jr.

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Francisco Lozada, Jr., Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church 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 is currently on the steering committee of Poverty in the Biblical World section of SBL. He also served as a New Testament doctoral mentor for the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI).  Dr. Lozada has long been involved in cultural hermeneutics and is now exploring how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities.  He also has co-led an immersion travel seminar to Central America, and he has been part of a leadership team with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Dr. Lozada is Roman Catholic and married to Wendi Lozada-Smith (Disciples of Christ) and they have two children.


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


Roman Catholic Church


  • Exegesis in the Gospels and Acts - John
  • Exegesis in the New Testament Epistles and Revelation: Galatians
  • Immigration and Religion
  • Interpreting the New Testament
  • Issues in New Testament Studies - Cultural Hermeneutics
  • Issues in New Testament Studies: Race and Ethnicity in New Testament Studies
  • Minoritized Readings of the Bible
  • Rereading Liberation Theology in Guatemala (travel course)
  • Welcoming the Stranger:Latino/a Biblical Interpretation


  • 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
Catholic Biblical Association
Catholic Theological Society of America