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Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Harold Morales

Dr. Harold Morales

Associate Professor & Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and the City, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: Holmes Hall 302
Phone: (410) 205-9284


2012 Ph.D Religious Studies, University of California Riverside
2009 M.A Religious Studies, University of California Riverside
2004 B.A. Philosophy, California State University Fullerton
2002 A.A. Religion and Philosophy, Chaffey Community College

Dr. Morales' research focuses on the intersections between race and religion and between lived and mediated experience. He uses these critical lenses to engage Latinx religions in general and Latino Muslim groups in particular. 

Dr. Morales is now focusing on developing public scholarship initiatives through his research on mural art and social justice issues in the city of Baltimore and through the Center for the Study of Religion and the City for which he received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation


World Religions, Islam, Latinx Religions in the USA,
Cultural and Media Studies, Critical Race Theory.


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Latino and Muslim in America: Race, Religion and the Making of New Minority. Oxford University Press, March 2018.

"Christian Latinxs and Conversion to Islam" in the Oxford University Press Handbook Latinx Christianities in the United States, forthcoming.

"Latino Muslim by Design: Names, Descriptions and Identity Politics" in the International Journal of Latin American Religions. June 2019.

"Latino Engagements with Islamic Scriptures." LTS Quarterly. December 2018.

"The Baltimore Mural Project: An Approach to Threshold Concepts in Religious Studies." Teaching Theology and Religion Wabash Journal. July 2018.

"On Latinx Reversion to Islam and the Familiar Made Strange." Oxford Islamic Studies Online, March 2018.

"Latino Muslims in the U.S.: Reversion, Politics and Islamidad." Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, June 2017.

"Islam in Chiapas: An Overview and Critical Engagement with the Sources." George Mason University's Maydan journal, October 2016.

"Latina/o Muslim Religious Cultures." Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity and Popular Expressions. Vol. 4: Essays on Special Topics, edited by Gary Laderman and Luis Leon (ABC-CLIO, 2014)

Book Review of: Methodological Challenges in Research on Student Learning, by Vincent Donche, Sven De Maeyer, David Gijbels, Huub van den Bergh, eds. In Wabash Journal for Teaching Theology and Religion.

Book Review of: What is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship, by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im. In Cambridge University Press' Politics and Religion, March 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 01.

Introduction to the Study of Religion RELG 201
Introduction to World Religions RELG 305
Western Religious Traditions RELG 310
Eastern Religious Traditions RELG 311
Islam RELG 326
Philosophy of Religion PHIL 440

American Academy of Religion 2006 to present
Co-Chair of the AAR Section: Religion and Cities