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Borderlands Institute


The Borderlands Institute aims to bring border awareness issues to students, faculty, and religious and community leaders in ways that will effectively shape their respective ministerial work and/or research. Students will have the opportunity to travel to the U.S./Mexico border to learn about border related issues. The Borderlands Institute host a variety of events featuring scholars and religious and community leaders to critically reflecting on borderlands topics, such as immigration, the environment, and human trafficking.

The Borderlands Institute is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation for Theology.

Francisco Lozada, Jr.

Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament


Phone: 817-257-5159


Francisco Lozada, Jr. is the Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament and Latinx Studies. He holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. He is a past co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section (SBL), past chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and a past member of SBL Council. He is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, a past steering committee member of the Bible, Indigenous Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and past co-chair of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation (SBL). He also serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Summer Program, and mentored several doctoral students with the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). Dr. Lozada’s most recent publications concern cultural and ideological interpretation while exploring how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. As a teacher, he co-led immersion travel seminars to Guatemala to explore colonial/postcolonial issues and, most recently, to El Paso, TX, and Nogales, AZ, to study life and society in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

In 2014-15 Dr. Lozada was part of a leadership team for the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology and Religion Workshop for Pre-Tenture Theological School Faculty. In April 2019, Dr. Lozada received The Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Brite Divinity School (April 2019). Dr. Lozada is Catholic and married to Wendi Lozada-Smith (Disciples of Christ).


  • Ph.D., The Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, 1997

  • M.A., The Graduate School, Vanderbilt University, 1994

  • M.T.S., The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, 1990

  • B.A., John Carroll University, 1988

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Koine Greek

  • Introduction to the New Testament

  • History of Hermeneutics

  • Galatians

  • Gospel of John

  • Critical Introduction to New Testament Approaches (Methods)

  • Introduction to Latino/a Christianity

  • Immigration and the Bible

  • Latino/a Biblical Interpretation

  • Cultural Biblical Hermeneutics

  • Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation

  • Minoritized Biblical Interpretation

  • U.S. Borderlands: Context and Praxis (Travel Seminar to El Paso)

  • Liberation Theology (Travel Seminar to Guatemala)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Biblical Literature

  • SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas)

  • Catholic Biblical Association

  • Catholic Theological Society of America

  • Academy of Catholic Theologians of the United States

  • Prospanica (Hispanic Business Professionals)

Select Publications:

  • John: An Introduction and Study Guide: History, Community, and Ideology (T&T Clark’s Study Guides to the New Testament); London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

  • Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, and Strategies. Edited with Fernando F. Segovia; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2014.

  • Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. Edited with Greg Carey. Soundings in Cultural Criticism Series; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

  • New Currents Through John: A Global Perspective. Editor with Thomas Thatcher. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2006.A Literary Reading of John 5: Text as Construction. Studies in Biblical Literature 20. NY: Peter Lang, 2000.