Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte is an Afro-Latino scholar from Puerto Rico whose areas of expertise are critical race theory, critical theory, cultural sociology, Latino/a cultural studies, Africana studies, and religious ethics. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Social Ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. His primary concern is with the theorization of how the intersection of race and political actions leads to acts of resistance among Afro-diasporic communities. Dr. Ortega-Aponte approaches teaching from a transdisciplinary perspective that is committed to social justice. His research interests includes prison and economic justice, social mobilization, and issues broadly affecting Black and Latino/a communities.
Dr. Kate M. Ott is Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics. She holds a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her academic and activist work place children and youth at the center of inquiry using a feminist and critical social ethics lens. Dr. Ott is co-editor of the recently published Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. Her essay “Searching for an Ethic: Sexuality, Children, and Moral Agency” is in New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views. She teaches the Christian Ethics core course along with seminars in medical and healthcare ethics, feminist ethics, and children, youth, and young adult topics.