Dr. Victor Carmona
"The Theology of Migration"
Before attending Notre Dame and joining Oblate School of Theology, Dr. Carmona worked with the Mexican Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He also taught at the Jesuit University in Tijuana, Mexico. In these and other settings Dr. Carmona served the pastoral needs of immigrants, the health and education needs of communities marked by urban poverty, and the academic needs of US and Mexican students. Since October 2015, he serves as a member of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee for the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. These experiences continue to influence Dr. Carmona’s approach to teaching, which is pastoral, practical and intellectually demanding.
Dr. Carmona specializes in Christian immigration ethics and theologies of migration. His ongoing research assesses the criteria U.S. immigration policy uses to distribute permanent residency visas. He is grateful to the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Louisville Institute for their generous support of his dissertation project, “Love and Conflict in Immigration Policy: Insights from Catholic Thought on U.S. Immigration Preferences.” There, Carmona argues that the Christian tradition offers a multifaceted understanding of love that suggests what kinds of immigration preferences are necessary to achieve a morally sound immigration reform. Dr. Carmona is also interested in the development of pedagogical resources for underserved student populations.