Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
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.
"Christian Latinxs and Conversion to Islam" in the Oxford University Press Handbook Latinx Christianities in the United States, forthcoming.
"Latino Engagements with Islamic Scriptures." LTS Quarterly. December 2018.
"On Latinx Reversion to Islam and the Familiar Made Strange." Oxford Islamic Studies Online, March 2018.
"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.
COURSES TAUGHT AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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