Elsie M. Miranda, DMin, is the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS); and is Director of Ministerial Formation and Associate Professor of Theology at Barry University. Dr. Miranda attended the University of Florida where she earned a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Religion; Boston College where she earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Religious Education, and Barry University where she earned a DMin in Practical Theology. As a Cuban American, Practical Theologian her research interests lie at the intersection of faith, and how socio-culture and socio-political realities impact human formation.
Miranda began her tenure at Barry University in 1996 as the Associate Director of Mission and Ministry. Since that time, she has continued to serve the local and national community by promoting the mission and core commitments of the University. In 2006, she joined the Department of Theology and Philosophy as director of Ministerial Formation. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Miranda has served as an elected member of the Ethics Committee, the Faculty Welfare Committee, and the Graduate Council. As associate professor of Practical Theology, her academic interests are in the areas of: inter-culturality, Latinx theology and Minsitry, liberating / contextual theologies; queer theology; and the paradigmatic shifts that continue to impact the social, ecclesial, and political realities that promote or challenge peace and justice at local and global levels.
Miranda has contributed to the edited volumes Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Convivuum Press, 2016) Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivuum Press, 2010) and was co-editor and contributor to Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic (Continuum Press, 2009). In her research and teaching, Miranda continues to explore contemporary theological issues in the church and the world.