David Lantigua

David Lantigua

Assistant Professor

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Fundamental moral theology; Spanish late scholasticism; role of religion in global ethics and human rights; colonialism and international relations; Latin American theology

Selected Publications

Infidels and Empires in a New World Order: Early Modern Spanish Contributions to International Legal Thought. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Bartolomé de las Casas and the Defense of Amerindian Rights: A Brief History with Documents, Co-edited and co-translated with Lawrence A. Clayton. University of Alabama Press, 2020.

With Darrell Fasching and Dell deChant. Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics, Second Edition. Wiley, 2011.

"Liberal Domination, Individual Rights, and the Theological Option for the Poor in History," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 38.2 (Fall/Winter 2018).

“The Image of God, Christian Rights Talk, and the School of Salamanca,” Journal of Law and Religion 31.1 (March 2016).


Born of Latino immigrants, Prof. Lantigua graduated with a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. As a doctoral candidate, he completed research in Spain and was a graduate fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Upon graduation, he became an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics at The Catholic University of America where he and his family lived as faculty in residence for four years. At CUA, Prof. Lantigua chaired the Hispanic Initiatives Committee and co-organized the Hispanic Innovators of the Faith annual lectures.

Currently at Notre Dame, Prof. Lantigua teaches introductory courses to the Bible and moral theology, and graduate courses in the Catholic social tradition, global ethics, and human dignity in biomedical ethics. He is also a faculty fellow at both the ND Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies. Prof. Lantigua has served on exam and dissertation committees for graduate students in the areas of Moral Theology, History of Christianity, World Religions and World Church, and the Department of Political Science.

Aside from spending time in the Florida sunshine with family, he enjoys playing fútbol with his four daughters and cheering for the US and Paraguayan national teams.



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