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Michael A. Romero

Adjunct Faculty


College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Michael Romero
Phone: 937-229-4321
HM 473


  • Ph.D., Theology
  • M.A., Theology, University of Dayton
  • M.A., English Literature and Language, St. Mary's University
  • B.A., English and Philosophy, St. Mary's University


Michael grew up in El Paso, Texas, and lived there until he moved to San Antonio to complete his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s University. There, he also received a graduate degree in English Literature. He taught English and writing courses for many years before returning to school to study Theology.

Michael moved with his wife and daughter to Dayton in 2014 to do just that. He successfully defended his dissertation with honors in Spring of 2022 at the University of Dayton, where he currently teaches as an adjunct professor. His dissertation studies the evangelization methods of 16th century Spanish friars, mostly Franciscans, who taught not just doctrine and ritual, but also Marian devotion to the Nahua and Maya. His dissertation culminates with the analysis of three unpublished and heretofore untranslated 17th century homilies from New Spain on the Immaculate Conception.

His work is interdisciplinary in nature and studies Catholicism in the context of the Spanish Church and the indigenous cultures the friars studied, preached to and converted. His work on the Spanish missionaries employs a hermeneutic of empathy that engages the mendicant orders as obedient to the Gospel in their historical context, while at the same time indicating awareness of their imperfections.

Research Interests

  • Spanish Missions in the Americas
  • World Christianity
  • Franciscan History and Theology
  • Christianity and Native American Cultures
  • History of Christianity
  • Mariology
  • Medieval Spanish Catholicism
  • Catholic Church in New Spain
  • Luke-Acts
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Christian Anthropology
  • Patristic Hermeneutics
  • Catholic Charismatic Movement and Pentecostalism 

Courses taught

  • Theology of Humanity, Sexuality and Marriage
  • Catholic Missionaries in the Americas
  • Introduction to Religion and Theological Studies
  • English Composition I and II
  • Ethics
  • Written Analysis
  • Professional Communications

Selected Publications

“Reconsidering Man’s Call and Woman’s Answer in Balthasar’s Theo-Drama” (manuscript submitted to Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology)

Review of Nichole M. Flores, The Aesthetics of Solidarity: Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Democracy (Georgetown University Press: Washington, D.C., 2021) in American Catholic Studies 133, no. 1 (May 2022): 59-61.

Review of Anna M. Nogar, Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor María de Ágreda and the Lady in Blue, 1628 to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press: Notre Dame, Ind., 2018). Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology (accepted, forthcoming).

Scholarly Presentations

Presenter, “The Immaculate Conception of Mary in Seventeenth Century Homiletics in New Spain," Stander Symposium, University of Dayton, 2022

Presenter, "The Laying on of Hands: Sensory Encounters with the Spirit." Midwest American Academy of Religion Conference. Muncie, IN. March 2017.

Response to Jusuf Salih's "The Notion of Dhikr in Islamic Mysticism." Religious Studies Department Colloquium Series. University of Dayton. September 2017.

Panel Moderator, "Exploring Latino/a Religious Histories." Latino American 500 Years of History, National Endowment of the Arts. University of Dayton, Feb. 11, 2016.

Panel Moderator, "Theology Beyond Borders: Political Borders, Human Crisis, and Religion." American Academy of Religion. San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 20, 2016.