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Dr Gemma Cruz Name: Dr Gemma Cruz
Senior Lecturer (Theology)
+613 9953 3827
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
National School of Theology
Building 460 - 250 Victoria Parade (250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 6-Room 460.6.21
Biographical Information

B.Sc, MA, Ph.D

Dr. Gemma Tulud Cruz taught for several years in the Philippines and in the United States before moving to Australian Catholic University where she currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Theology. Dr. Cruz is based in the Melbourne campus of ACU. She holds a Ph.D in Theology from Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands and is the author of a number of publications including Toward a Theology of Migration: Social Justice and Religious Experience (2014) and An Intercultural Theology of Migration: Pilgrims in the Wilderness (2010).


Recent Publications

"Brothers and Sisters Across Borders: Theological Perspectives on Catholic Transnationalism" in Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism, eds. Dominic Pasura and Marta Bivand Erdal. 23-50. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

"Migrants and the Church in the Age of Globalization," Concilium 3 (2015): 77-82.

Toward a Theology of Migration: Social Justice and Religious Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

"Christianity and the Cause of Women in Asia," in The Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia, eds. Felix Wilfred, et. al. 302-314. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"A New Way of Being Christian: The Contribution of Migrants to the Church." In Theology, Migration and World Christianity, eds. Peter Phan and Elaine Padilla, 95-120. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

"Weapons of the Weak: Cultural Forms of Resistance and their Implications to Missionary Theology and Practice." In Mission and Culture: The Louis J. Luzbetak Lectures, ed. Stephen Bevans, 249-274. New York: Orbis Books, 2012.

Selected Publications

Toward a Theology of Migration: Social Justice and Religious Experience. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

An Intercultural Theology of Migration: Pilgrims in the Wilderness. Boston/Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010.

"God Before Us, God Among Us: Interreligious Dialogue from an Intercultural Feminist Perspective.&rdquo In Schilebeeckx and Contemporary Theology, eds. Lieven Boeve, Frederiek Depoortere, and Stephan Van Erp, 85-97. London: T & T Clark, November 2010.

"Toward an Ethic of Risk: Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration Reform," Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 24, Issue 3 (August 2011): 294-310.

"Between Identity and Security: Theological Implications of Migration in the Context of Globalization," Theological Studies 69 (2008): 357-375.


Practical Theology, Social Ethics

Migration Theology, Missiology, Asian/Filipino Theology, Women and Gender.

Professional Memberships
  • Vice-President for Australia, ANZATS (Australia-New Zealand Association of Theological Schools) 
  • Editorial Board Member, Solidarity: Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics   
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian Horizons Journal
  • Editorial Panel Member, Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review
  • Member, Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia
  • Member, Council for Australian Catholic Women
  • Member, Catholic Theological Society of America

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