Xochitl Alvizo (she/her) teaches Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality at California State University, Northridge. Teaching classes with Religious Studies, her home department, as well as the Queer Studies and Civic and Community Engagement programs. Her research areas include feminist and queer theories, congregational studies, ecclesiology, and the emerging church. She is co-founder of Feminism and Religion (www.feminismandreligion.com). She is co-editor of Women Religion Revolution (FSR Books, 2017) with Gina Messina and The Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion: Volume 2 (Cascade Books, 2022) with Terry Shoemaker and Rachel C. Schneider. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she was also born and raised.
Ph.D., Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology, 2015
M.Div., Boston University School of Theology, Summa Cum Laude, 2007
B.A., Religion, University of Southern California, East Asian Studies minor, 2001
Research and Teaching Interests: Feminist Theology, Congregational Studies, Feminist Ecclesiology, and the Emerging Church. Her dissertation involved a feminist analysis of the developing ecclesiology of emerging church congregations.
2014 “Being Undone by the Other: Feminisms, Blogs, and Critique" in Feminism and Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Utilizing Technology to Expand Borders, eds. Gina Messina-Dysert and Rosemary Radford Ruether. (Routledge).
In press, Women, Religion, Revolution, co-editor with Gina Messina-Dysert (Feminist Studies in Religion Press), forthcoming spring 2016
In press, “Pyrotheology and Evangelical Theology” in Modern Believing – A Journal of Theological Liberalism, special issue on Pyrotheology (Liverpool University Press), forthcoming September 2016 issue
In progress, “A Feminist Analysis of the Emerging Church” in The Emerging Church: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Mike Clawson and April Stace Vega, forthcoming 2015
In progress, “Imago Dei” chapter in God volume of Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender, ed. Sîan Hawthorne (Macmillan), forthcoming fall 2016
In progress, “Introduction” for Sin Big: The Mary Daly Reader, eds. Jennifer Rycenga and Linda Barufaldi (NYU Press), forthcoming Fall 2016
American Academy of Religion; steering committee member for Practical Theology Group and The Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion Seminar
National Women's Studies Association
Hispanic Theological Initiative Dissertation Scholar, 2014-2015
Ford Foundation Fellowships Honorable Mention, 2014