BA University of Minho School of Law (Portugal)
MA in Theology, Fordham University
Sónia is a third-year doctoral student working within the field of systematic theology. Her ongoing research interests include contemporary Catholic Theology and Christology. She is also interested in understanding the role of religion in the public sphere, and the intersections between conceptions of justice and what it means to be human, especially in relation to violence and suffering.
Before coming to New York, Sónia worked as a lawyer in Portugal, with interests in criminal justice. She also spent a few years working with local communities in Angola to help generate sustained access to better opportunities and quality of life, especially among women.
These experiences in law and community organizing have guided Sónia’s research into the complex dynamic between the theological and the political, particularly on issues of conflict and violence and the (im)possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation. Sónia is sensitive to how these issues rise up both within and beyond the Church community.
Furthermore, especially through her research and teaching at Fordham, she has developed a strong appreciation for Ignatian Spirituality, for the thought of Edward Schillebeeckx, and the work of Ignacio Ellacuría.
In 2019-2020 she held a Louisville Doctoral Fellowship; she previously held a Portuguese Rotary Foundation Scholarship, the Dr. Julio Burunat Endowed Memorial Scholarship from Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society for scholarship, service, and loyalty.
Sónia is an active member of The Grail, an international and ecumenical movement of lay women from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 1921, The Grail believes that it is essential to make visible and operational the role of women and spirituality in all dimensions of life.