Ph.D. Candidates

Jorge Juan Rodríguez V

Field of Study
Modern Religious History

Contact Info:

B.A., Gordon College
M.A., Union Theological Seminary



Research Focus:
Jorge is the son of two Puerto Rican migrants who came to the United States a year before he was born. Though his mother was raised in the tall, curvy mountains of Barranquitas and his father in the humid, bustling streets of Rio Piedras, Jorge grew up with his parents, grandmother, and uncle in a small affordable housing community in urban Manchester, Connecticut. His story of diaspora, language, gender, race, and dis/ability has propelled his academic journey, leading him to degrees in biblical studies, social theory, and liberation theology. Jorge is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Modern Religious History, exploring the intersections of religion and colonialism/coloniality in the 19th and 20th century Americas. Learn more about Jorge at

Background & Activities:
Jorge is the Social Media and Events Coordinator for the Hispanic Summer Program and co-chair of the Religions of the Latino/a Americas Program Unit of the Mid-Atlantic Region American Academy of Religion. Prior to entering Union’s Ph.D. program, Jorge worked in affordable housing, higher education administration, and diversity recruitment while simultaneously pursuing various degrees. Jorge speaks and publishes regularly on topics of vocation and discernment, Latinx/Latin American history, historical imagination, and liberation theologies.

Teaching Fellow: History of Christianity, Part 3: Since Reformation with Dr. Daisy Machado
Teaching Fellow: The Borderlands: Theology & Context with Dr. Daisy Machado
Teaching Fellow: Religious Movements from the Margins: Prosperity Gospel in the U.S. and Global South with Dr. Daisy Machado