David de la Fuente

David de la Fuente.

Systematic Theology


BA, Fordham University, 2010

MTS, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, 2012


David de la Fuente is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology and a Senior Teaching Fellow for the 2021-22 Academic Year. He is also a part-time lay pastoral associate at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City. He completed his undergraduate studies in political science and theology at Fordham University in 2010 with an honors concentration in American Catholic Studies, and a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology in 2012. Subsequently, Dave worked for four years as the patient advocate for the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He has also served as a Campus Minister for Fordham's Retreat Ministry.

Dave's dissertation project, titled A Catholic Reception of Azusa Street’s Pentecostal Fire, engages Pentecostal historiography and theology of the Azusa Street Revival of 1906 in tandem with the philosophical hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur and the theological hermeneutics of Willie James Jennings in order to develop an anti-racist pneumatology that crosses ecumenical borders. Dave also has research interests in Trinitarian theology; medicine and religion; philosophy of religion; and religion and racial justice. He has published articles in Christian BioethicsThe Other Journal, and DailyTheology.org.

Dave is the recipient of a Louisville Doctoral Fellowship in 2017 and an Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2021. Among the courses he has taught are: Church In Controversy, Christ in World Cultures, and Scripture and the Struggle for Racial Justice. He has participated in the Fordham GSAS Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar, the Contemplative Leaders in Action program run by the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Jesuits East Province, and a Teaching Religious Studies intensive seminar funded by the Wabash Center. He serves in leadership and advisory positions with the Fordham Theology Graduate Student Association, the Graduate Student Association council, the Fordham University Arts and Sciences Anti-Racism Advisory Council, and as a co-chair of the Contemporary Theology Section of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion.

Dave and his wife Adrienne live in Harlem. Dave's hobbies include running, cooking, playing guitar, homebrew, and puns.