Manuel J. Mejido, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs, and Instructor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion

Phone: (206) 296-2534

Building/Room: Hunthausen Hall 220

Education

  • 2004 - Ph.D. (ethics & society), Emory University
  • 2003 - Certificate de recherche (social philosophy), Catholic University of Louvain
  • 1998 - M.A. (ethics & society), Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
  • 1996 - M.P.P. (social policy & economics), University of Michigan
  • 1994 - Double B.S. (international studies & economics), Spring Hill College
  • 1993 -  Junior Summer Institute (public & international affairs), Princeton University

Teaching & Research Areas

  • Ethics of development & globalization
  • Ethics & social policy
  • Faith-based organizations & community development
  • Theology & public life
  • Sociology of religion
  • History of Western social thought

Selected Publications & Commissioned Papers

  • 2019 – Religion & Homelessness (editor) (New York: Fordham University Press, under contract).
  • 2016 - “Fostering Inclusive Growth and Promoting Intergenerational Equity in an Ageing Asia-Pacific,” report commissioned by the Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), Bangkok (June).
  • 2015 - Time for Equality: The Role of Social Protection in Reducing Inequalities in Asia and the Pacific (lead author) (Bangkok: UN ESCAP).
  • 2015 - “Financing the Social Sector: Regional Challenges and Opportunities” (lead author), Working Paper no. 15-06, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, UN ESCAP, Bangkok (July).
  • 2013 - “Post-Neoliberal Development Thinking: The Bolivian ‘Turn’ to Suma Qamaña,” European Journal of Development Research 25, no. 2: pp. 213-229.
  • 2011 - “Politics of Trade in Post-Neoliberal Latin America: The Case of Bolivia,” Bulletin of Latin American Research 30, no. 1: pp. 80-95.
  • 2010 - “The Changing Coordinates of Trade and Power in Latin America: Implications for Policy Space and Policy Coherence” (with Peter Utting and Gloria Carrión), Markets, Business and Regulation Programme Paper no. 7, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva (May).
  • 2007 - “Toward a Typology of Civil Society Actors: The Case of the Movement to Change International Trade Rules & Barriers,” Civil Society and Social Movements Programme Paper no. 30, UNRISD, Geneva (October).
  • 2006 - “Ignacio Ellacuría’s Philosophy of Historical Reality: Beyond the Hegelian-Marxian Dialectic & the Zubirian Radicalization of Scholastic Realism,” Journal of Philosophy and Theology 18, no. 2: pp. 287-318.
  • 2006 - “A Reconstruction of the Theologies of Liberation: The Lacanian Corrective to the Ellacurian Synthesis,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 8, no. 1: pp. 10-36.
  • 2006 - “The Construction of Liberation: Towards a Linguistic Rights Paradigm,” in Miguel de la Torre and Gastón Espinosa, eds., Rethinking Latino/a Religions and Identities (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press), pp. 200-221.
  • 2005 - “Beyond the Postmodern Condition, or the Turn Toward Psychoanalysis,” in Iván Petrella, ed., Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (New York: Orbis Books), pp. 119-146.
  • 2005 - “The Postmodern: Liberation or Language?,” in Edwin Aponte and Miguel Angel de la Torre, eds., Handbook of Latino/a Theologies (St. Louis: Chalice Press), pp. 276-283.
  • 2004 - Theology, Crisis, and Knowledge-Constitutive Interests, or Toward a Social Theoretical Interpretation of Theological Knowledge,” Social Compass 51, no. 4: pp. 381-401. 
  • 2004 - “Repenser le terrorisme/Rethinking Terrorism,” Social Compass 50, no. 2: 257-260.
  • 2004 - “Xavier Zubiri,” in Justo González, ed., Diccionario de teólogos y teólogas (Barcelona: CLIE): pp. 490-492. (Translated into Portuguese.)
  • 2004 - “On the Genesis and Transformations of Social Compass,” Social Compass 51, no. 1: pp. 23-44.
  • 2003 - “The Fundamental Problematic of US Hispanic Theology,” in Benjamín Valentín, ed., New Horizons in US Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press), pp. 163-178.
  • 2003 - “Propaedeutic to the Critique of the Study US Hispanic Religion: A Polemic Against Intellectual Assimilation,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 10, no. 4 (May): pp. 31-63.         
  • 2002 - “The Illusion of Neutrality: Reflections on the Term ‘Popular Religion,’” Social Compass 49, no. 2: pp. 295-311. 
  • 2001 - “A Critique of the ‘Aesthetic Turn’ in U.S. Hispanic Theology,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 8, no. 3: pp. 18-48.
  • 1999 - “Theoretical Prolegomenon to the Sociology of U.S. Hispanic Popular Religion,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 7, no. 1 (August): pp. 27-55.
  • 1999 - “U.S. Hispanics and the Field of Graduate Theological Education,” Theological Education 34, no. 2: pp. 59-71.
  • 1998 - “A Sociological Perspective on the Catholic Church in Socialist Cuba,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 6, no. 1 (August): pp. 32-60.

Selected Presentations 

  • 2018 - “‘Peace is Not Merely the Absence of War’: World Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals,” Annual Alumni Seminar Series, Seattle University, United States, 20 February.
  • 2017 - Moderator and commentator for the panel, “The Theology of Pope Francis,” Law Review Symposium on the Teachings of Pope Francis: Towards a Vision of Social Justice & Sustainable Capitalism?, Seattle University School of Law, United States, 4 February.
  • 2015 - “Ageing Asia-Pacific and the Sustainable Development Goals: Tapping the Second Demographic Dividend,” Asia-Pacific Representatives Annual Meeting, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Bangkok, Thailand, 9 February.
  • 2014 - “Migrants and the Portability of Social Benefits: A Human Rights Imperative,” Inter-Sectoral Consultation on the Implementation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Siem Reap, Cambodia, 9 December.
  • 2014 - “The Social Pillar and Inclusive Growth in Asia-Pacific,” International Labour Organization (ILO) High-Level Conference on the Role of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Social Dialogue Institutions in Promoting Social Protection Floors, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 21 November.
  • 2014 - “The Rights-Based Foundations of Social Protection Systems,” Designing Social Protection Interventions for Developing Countries, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, 3 September.
  • 2014 - “Confronting Rising Inequalities in Asia and the Pacific,” Third Session of the Committee on Social Development, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand, 18 August.
  • 2013 - “Health Care for Rural-Urban Migrants in China: Challenges and Opportunities,” UN ESCAP National Consultation on Strengthening Social Protection, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, 27 August.
  • 2012 - “Post-Neoliberal Development Thinking and Democratic Experimentalism,” Centre for Global Programmes, Yokohama City University, Japan, 17 April.
  • 2011 - “The Andean Turn Toward the ‘Living Well’ Paradigm,” 13th General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, University of York, England, UK, 20 September.
  • 2010 - “Neo-Developmentalism in Latin American: A Survey of Complementary and Competing Models,” Research Centre for Global Welfare, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chiba University, Japan, 7 January.
  • 2009 - “L’‘ONGisation’ de la société civile: La ‘cage’ de Weber revisitée...encore,” Faculty Colloquium – Le Déjeuner Sociologique, Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 3 June.
  • 2009 - “Instruments of Division or Schools of Citizenship? The Role of Islamic Organizations in Liberal-Democratic Societies.” Presentation to the National Council of Research, Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern, Switzerland, 7 January.
  • 2008 - “Acteurs non-étatiques et politiques de commerce en Amérique latine,” 12th General Conference of the European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI), Geneva, Switzerland, 25 June.
  • 2007 - “Anomie postmoderne et urbanité: “‘A tombeau ouvert’ de Martin Scorsese,” Research Colloquium – Différences, unité et urbanité, Department of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 27 April.
  • 2007 - “Civil Society and the Global South,” Conference on Global Civil Society Movements, UNRISD, World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya, 22 January.
  • 2007 - “La théologie de la libération face à la condition postmoderne: quels avenirs?,” Conference Series, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 11 January.
  • 2006 - “Politiques contestataires par le bas: l´éthique altermondialiste,” Colloquium on Ethics and Sustainable Development, Graduate Institute of Development Studies (IUED), Geneva, Switzerland, 25 October.
  • 2006 - “Redes altermundialistas en América latina – ¿hacia un nuevo campo de estudio?,” Colloquium of the Iberian American Institute, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 12 October.
  • 2004 - “Apuntes sociológicos sobre los movimientos altermundialistas en el Cono Sur,” Research Symposium, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Santiago, Chile, 8 June.
  • 2003 - “From a Sociography of Catholicism to the Sociology of Religion: On the Transformations of Social Compass,” Social Compass 60th Anniversary Colloquium, International Society for the Sociology of Religion, Turin, Italy, 24 July.
  • 2003 - “Latin American Liberationist Thought in the United States: A Social Theoretical Take,” Symposium of the Latina and Latino Caucus, Union Theological Seminary, New York, United States, 9 April.
  • 2002 - “The Real Beyond Language,” Koinonia Journal Annual Forum, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, United States, 16 October. 
  • 2000 - “Pour une Philosophie Latino-américaine de la Libération,” Seminar on Latin American Philosophy, Superior Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 4 October.
  • 1998 - “The Catholic Church in Socialist Cuba: A Sociological Framework,” American Academy of Religion, Western Regional Conference, Claremont, California, United States, 17 March.

Selected Awards & Distinctions

  • Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship (2008, finalist)
  • Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Fellowship (2004, declined)
  • Hispanic Theological Initiative Fellowship (1998-02)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy & International Affairs (1993-96)

Professional Bio

Manuel J. Mejido has taught for over a decade at the undergraduate and graduate levels in sociology, development studies and religion programs in the United States, Chile and Switzerland.  His fifteen years of experience combining research, policy analysis and advocacy in the field of international development has taken him across the globe.  Dr. Mejido has held appointments at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok and at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva.  He has also collaborated with organizations as diverse as the Asian Development Bank, ATTAC, Centre Tricontinental, Fe y Alegría, the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the RAND Corporation, UNESCO, the World Council of Churches, and the World Social Forum.