Miguel Díaz

Professor; University Professor of Faith and Culture
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies

  • Location: HM 254
  • Phone: 937-229-2105
  • Email: Contact


Miguel H. Díaz is the University Professor of Faith and Culture. Prior to coming to the University of Dayton, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome, Italy from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Díaz taught theology at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, and Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN. He was a board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is former president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. Dr. Díaz is not new to the University of Dayton. He served as an assistant professor of religious studies from 1996-1998.

A prominent Catholic theologian, Dr. Díaz was the first Hispanic to represent the United States at the Vatican. Last fall he helped launch the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group of the Secretary of State's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society.  This groundbreaking initiative facilitates regular engagement with communities of faith.


  • Ph.D. in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 2000.
  • M.A. in Theology, University of Notre Dame, 1992.

Professional Activities

  • Member of Karl Rahner Society
  • Member and past president, Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theolgians in the United States (ACHTUS)
  • Member and past board official, Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)

Selected Media Coverage

Pant, Meagan. "Former Vatican ambassador will bring global learning to UD." Dayton Daily News. November 25, 2012. View article (www) >>

Allen Jr., John L. "Unexpected sanity in Europe; Miguel Díaz; and Syria's Christians." National Catholic Reporter. November 23, 2012. View article (www) >>

Miguel Díaz farewell speech. Washington, DC. November 14, 2012. View speech (pdf) >>

"Bridge builder." UD News. Teri Rizvi, ed. November 14, 2012. View article (www) >>

"Our man from Rome." UD News. Teri Rizvi, ed. November 7, 2012. View article (www) >>