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

Catholic social tradition; Spanish scholastic moral, legal, and political thought; human rights and social movements; Latin American theology; (neo)colonialism and international relations; 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.

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

“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.

“Aquinas and the Emergence of Moral Theology during the Spanish Renaissance,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception of Aquinas, eds. Matthew Levering and Marcus Plested. Oxford University Press, 2021: 173-190.


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. Currently, he is Co-Director of the Catholic Social Tradition minor in the Center for Social Concerns. He is also a faculty fellow of the ND Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Institute for Latino Studies.

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. For the calendar year 2022, Prof. Lantigua will be researching and writing about the Latin American dimensions of Pope Francis’s social teachings and its implications for the global church 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 national teams.



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