Lucila Crena Religious Studies

Lucila Crena

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia: PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture) (in progress)
    • Advisor: Charles Mathewes
  • Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.: M.A.T.S.
    • Research: “Witness within Pax Scientia”
    • Advisor: Jonathan Wilson
    • Reader: Loren Wilkinson
  • Emory University: B.A. in Economics 
    • Research: “Trust & Business School Education”
    • Director: Monica Capra
    • Readers: Christopher Curran, Gary Hecht


  • Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (Spanish-language courses)
    • Images of the Church
    • Theology, Narrative, and Life (co-taught with Dr Ruth Padilla-DeBorst and David Nacho)
    • Bible and Context
  • Regent College
    • Theology and Ministry in Latin America (Teaching Assistant; Lecturer)
    • Old Testament Foundations (Teaching Assistant)
    • Christian Thought & Culture I & II (Teaching Assistant)
    • Christian Faith and Practices in the (Post)Modern World (Teaching Assistant) 

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

  • Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Cohort 
  • Annual Prize in Memory of Jean Sutherland
  • George Hill Bursary Award
  • Academic Entrance Scholarship 
  • Emory University Annual Whitman Prize in Economics 
  • SIRE Independent Research Grant 
  • Emory University Woodruff Scholar 

Research Languages

  • Spanish, Portuguese

Presentations and Workshops

  • “Vivir Como Cristianos En Una Sociedad Violenta.” El Alto, Bolivia. April 14-16, 2016.
  • “A Polanyian Witness in an Age of Mistrust: A Majority World Perspective.” Polanyi Society 2015 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. November 22, 2015
  • “Knowing and Being Known: An exploration of 1 Corinthians 13:12.” Lecture at Canadian L’Abri.  Bowen Island, BC. July 19, 2013.

Professional Association Membership and Service

  • Society of Christian Ethics, Student member (2017-present)
    • Service: Latino/a Working Group Graduat Assistant
  • Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI) Academic Committee, Member (2016-present)

Other Academic Employment (selected)

  • Graduate Assistant, Global Religions Lab

  • Research Assistant, Race, Faith and Culture Project, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture

  • Page-Barbour & James W. Richard Lectures (University of Virginia), Graduate Assistance (2017-present)

  • Administrative Teaching Assistant for Visiting Faculty (Regent College)

    • Teaching, Imagination, and Christian Practice (David I. Smith, Calvin College, 2013)
    • Learning from the Stranger: Christianity and Cultural Diversity (David I. Smith, Calvin College, 2013)
    • Thinking Theologically about Culture (Richard Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2014)