Drew Theological School Alum Mayra Rivera T’01,’05 is AAR President

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Drew Theological School Alum Mayra Rivera T’01,’05 is AAR President

The alum earned a doctorate and master’s degree from Drew

November 2022 – For scholars of religious and theological studies, the weekend before Thanksgiving in November is synonymous with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

As AAR 2022 President-Elect, Mayra Rivera T’01,’05 and AAR staff are coordinating over 1,000 events, academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions and tours during the event. three days, plus many related meetings before until the official start of the annual meeting. Some 10,000 scholars from around the world will participate in the event.

The AAR is the largest learned society dedicated to the academic study of religion, with more than 8,000 members worldwide. The AAR’s mission is to foster excellence in the academic study of religion and to enhance public understanding of religion.

Rivera earned a doctorate in theological and religious studies and a master’s degree in theological studies from Drew Theological School.

Currently, Rivera is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Religion and Latin Studies at Harvard University. Rivera’s scholarship engages the intersection between philosophy of religion, literature, and theories of coloniality, race, and gender. His research explores the relationship between discursive and material dimensions in the formation of human embodiment and socio-material ecologies.

“Drew Theological School is extremely proud to call Dr. Rivera an alumnus, and we continue to be inspired by her creative research, her many accomplishments and her leadership,” said theological school dean Edwin David Aponte.

Rivera has published several books, including Poetics of the flesh and The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God.

She is also co-editor of Planetary loves: Spivak, postcoloniality and theology with the Edmund S. Janes Professor of New Testament Studies by Drew Stephen Moore and Postcolonial theologies: divinity and empire with Professor of Constructive Theology George T. Cobb of Drew, Catherine Keller, and Michael Nausner.


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