Religious Studies

Xochitl Alvizo, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
(818) 677-2742
Office location:
Santa Susanna Hall 233


Xochitl Alvizo is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the area of Women and Religion and the Philosophy of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. She dedicates her work to bringing a feminist focus to theology and to the study of religion, including feminist and queer theologies, congregational studies, ecclesiology, and the emerging church. 

Dr. Alvizo is co-founder of Feminism and Religion (FAR) – an online project that brings together multiple feminist voices from around the world to dialogue about feminism in religion and at the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community. She is also co-founder of the Pub Church, Boston.  She has a chapter published in Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders, edited by Gina Messina-Dysert and Rosemary Radford Ruether (Routledge, 2014), has an upcoming chapter in The Emerging Church: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by April Stace Vega and Mike Clawson (Wipf & Stock, 2016), and is currently working on Women, Religion, Revolution, a project she is co-editing with Gina Messina-Dysert. Her blog writing can be found on FAR and can be reached on Twitter @XochitlAlvizo.


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