Ronald J. Morgan (Ph.D. in Latin American History, University of California at Santa Barbara) has been at ACU since 2003. His publications include one monograph, Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810 (University of Arizona Press, 2002), as well as several journal articles and book chapters. More recently, he has co-edited a collection of essays entitled Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience (ACU Press, 2010). A board member of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH), Ron is also a contributing editor for that organization's journal, Fides et Historia. He also spearhead's the CFH's Latin America initiative. As an Early Modernist, his research interests include Roman Catholic spirituality, particularly revealed through biography, autobiography and hagiography; relations between confessors and female penitents; and the Jesuit Order in its global missionary context.
Dr. Morgan has recently returned to teach in the Department of History and Global Studies following nine years as Director of ACU in Oxford. With years of international experience in Brazil and Europe, and fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, Dr. Morgan will serve as advisor for the Global Studies major, which has been moved to the Department of History and Global Studies (2012). Ron's teaching fields include the histories of Latin American and Africa, as well as courses in Global Studies.