Dr. Rafael Luévano

Dr. Rafael Luévano

Associate Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Religious Studies
Office Location: Smith Hall 2
Office Hours: Office hours: Monday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm; Wednesday 1:30pm to 3pm; and by appointment.
Phone: (714) 532-6098
Saint John's Seminary, Bachelor of Arts
Pontifical Gregorian University, Licentiate in Sacred Theology
Saint John's Seminary, Master of Divinity
Radboud University Nijmegen, Ph.D.


Rafael Luévano (Ph.D./S.T.D.) Nijmegan Catholic University, (now Radboud University, the Netherlands) is an associate professor of Religious Studies. He has authored Endless Transforming Love: An Interpretation of the Mystical Doctrine of Saint John of the Cross (Rome: Carmelite Studies, 1990) and Woman-Killing in Juárez: Theodicy at the Border (Orbis Books 2012). He is a co-editor with Victoria Carty and Tekle Woldemikael of Scholars and Southern California Immigrants in Dialogue: New Conversation in Public Sociology, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. He has also penned many articles and book chapters in English and Spanish. Luévano is Fulbright-García Robles 2015-2016 fellow at the Iberoamericana, Mexico, D.F. conducting research on spiritual memory of the dead as instrument of change positive and effective responses to narco-violence in Mexico. He was the 2013 recipient of the T.A. Abbot Award for Faculty Excellence offered by the Disciples of Christ. Luévano teaches courses on mysticism and religions and the arts.

  • Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy, S.T.L (Licentiate in Sacred Theology)
  • Nijmegen Catholic University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Ph.D./S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology)

Woman-Killing in Juárez: Theodicy at the Border
(Orbis Books 2012).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Pandemic Death Narratives of Mexico and the United States,” Los Angeles Review of Books, March 11, 2021
2017 Coeditor with Victoria Carty, Mobilizing Public Sociology: Scholars, Activists, and Latin@ Migrants Converse on Common Ground. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
Coeditor with Victoria Carty and Tekle Woldemikael, Scholars and Southern California Immigrants in Dialogue: New Conversations in Public Sociology. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.