David Lantigua

David Lantigua

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
Secondary Field of Study: World Religions and World Church


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Modern Catholic social tradition; Spanish scholastic moral, legal, and political thought; human rights and social movements; Latin American theology and Indigenous cultures; (neo)colonialism and history of international law; comparative religious ethics

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.

“Translating Buen Vivir: Latin American Indigenous Cultures, Stadial Development, and Comparative Religious Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 51.2 (2023).

“Catholic Reform, Law, and the School of Salamanca,” in The Oxford Handbook on Christianity and Law, eds. John Witte, Jr., and Rafael Domingo. Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Neoliberalism, Human Rights, and the Theology of Liberation in Latin America,” in Christianity and Human Rights Reconsidered, eds. Sarah Shortall and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins. Cambridge University Press, 2020: 238-260.



Born of Latino immigrants, Prof. Lantigua graduated with a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He taught previously at The Catholic University of America, and has been a graduate fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and past recipient of the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Research Grant. He previously served as Co-Director of the Catholic Social Tradition minor in the Center for Social Concerns. He is currently the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Co-Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

Prof. Lantigua teaches undergraduate courses on God and Slavery in the Americas and Catholic Social Teaching. He 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 Departments of Political Science and History. Prof. Lantigua is currently writing a monograph on the Latin American theological and cultural dimensions of Pope Francis’s social teachings and its implications for global Catholicism in the twenty-first century.

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



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