Gustavo Maya


Gustavo Maya is a doctoral student in the Religion, Ethics, and Politics subfield. His research interests include theological and philosophical analyses of ethics, politics, and law, religion and law, social criticism, modern religious thought, and Latino/Chicano studies. One of the overarching goals of his work is to bring the history of Christian thought to bear on American democratic life, its promise and perils, possibilities and pitfalls. A point of intersection between Christianity and democracy that he is particularly interested in is how conceptions of freedom and justice have been mobilized to overcome domination and inequality within the church and broader society.

Gustavo has longterm interests in virtue ethics and social ethics in Christian thought; citizenship, immigration, and multiculturalism; the history of Church-State relations in the West (including religious liberty); religion and global justice; Pentecostalism; Latino religion, ethics, and politics; and Aquinas, Hegel, Wittgenstein and their readers.

Prior to coming to Princeton, Gustavo received a B.A. from Fresno Pacific University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley. While in law school, he spent summers at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, working on international religious freedom, and asylum and immigration, respectively.