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R.L. Green

Religious Studies Department

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara


Fields: religion in the Americas; indigenous religious traditions; African diaspora; Spanish Catholic thought

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Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and is affiliated with the Catholic Studies, Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Latin American & Latino Studies programs at the College of the Holy Cross. His area of specialization is religion in the Americas. As a historian of religious ideas with a strong affinity for critical theory, he is interested in the way in which Euro-Catholic political theologies have contributed to the construction, deployment, and maintenance of racial ideologies/categories in the Americas. In essence, his work attempts to locate the origins of theological justifications and rationalizations for the most persistent, violent, and dehumanizing forms of inequality within modern societies. Professor Green is currently completing two book manuscripts. The first deals with Catholic theological conceptions of Native American/Indigenous religious traditions in colonial Spanish America. The second examines Catholic ideas about the African body and the making of modernity. His scholarship has been published in encyclopedias and academic journals. Although Professor Green is happy to be lost in a library somewhere, he would rather be in the classroom discussing the complexities of religious thought with talented undergrads.



  • Rel St 180: Race & Religion in the U.S.
  • Rel St 201: Catholicism in Latin America 
  • Rel St 202: Native American Religious Traditions
  • Rel St 320: Seminar on Mystics and Inquisitors


Fields of Research

  • Religion in the Americas
  • Indigenous Religious Traditions 
  • African Diaspora 
  • Spanish Catholic Thought