Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Randall Professorship is held by a recognized scholar whose work concentrates on an understanding of culture that embodies a Christian view of human achievement. The selected individual​ contributes​ to undergraduate instruction in the theology, philosophy, history, literature, or the social sciences departments, directs student research, and delivers public lectures.

Dr. Rady Roldán-Figueroa
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​​2023-24 Randall Professor: Dr. Rady Roldán-Figueroa

Dr. Rady Roldán-Figueroa (he, him, his) specializes in early modern global Christianity, Christianity in colonial Latin America, the intersectionality of Catholicism, race, and colonialism, and the history of Christian spirituality. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Puerto Rican parents, Roldán-Figueroa is the author of The Ascetic Spirituality of Juan de Avila (1499-1569) (Brill, 2010) and The Martyrs of Japan: Publication History and Catholic Missions in the Spanish World (Spain, New Spain, and the Philippines, 1597–1700) (Brill, 2021).

He also is co-editor of four additional volumes: Collected Works of Hanserd Knollys: Pamphlets on Religion (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2017); Exploring Christian Heritage – A Reader in History and Theology (Baylor University Press, 3rd rev. ed. 2023); Bartolomé de las Casas, O.P.: History, Philosophy, and Theology in the Age of European Expansion (December 2018, Brill); and The Transatlantic Las Casas: Historical Trajectories, Indigenous Cultures, Scholastic Thought, and Reception in History (Brill, 2022). 

He has published 39 articles and book chapters, and his articles have appeared in Critical Research on Religion, European History QuarterlySixteenth Century JournalArchiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation HistoryThe Seventeenth Century, and History of European Ideas.