Dr Gemma Cruz - School of Theology (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Gemma Tulud Cruz was born and raised in the Philippines where she completed an undergraduate degree in Education (major in English and Religious Education) and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. She did a case study of women victims of domestic violence for her Masters thesis. She completed her Ph.D in Theology, with high distinction, at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands with a dissertation on the Filipina migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Dr. Cruz worked and lived for several years in the United States prior to moving to Australia. She was assistant professor in Theology at St. Ambrose University then visiting assistant professor in Catholic Studies as well as fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago.

Dr. Cruz's research expertise is on migration, Catholic social ethics, and on contextual theologies, particularly feminist, liberation, and Asian theologies. She has an international profile as a scholar of migration theology. She has given invited lectures and presentations all over the world and has done peer-reviews of manuscripts for prestigious journals and publishers on the topic of migration. She is also interested in research in the area of missiology and intercultural theology as well as on the topic of globalization. She is the Coordinator of the Globalization Interest Group at the Catholic Theological Society of America.


Phone :3827 (Melbourne)
Email :Gemma.Cruz@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

migration, social ethics, contextual theologies ;

Methods Expertise

interdisciplinary, intercultural, case study ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Current Projects

Selected Publications


The Moral Economy of Labor Mobility: Migration and the Global Workforce, in Religious and Ethical Perspectives on Global Migration

Christianity and the Cause of Women in Asia, in The Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia

Toward a Theology of Migration: Social Justice and Religious Experience


A New Way of Being Christian: The Contribution of Migrants to the Church, in Theology, Migration and World Christianity


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: An Asian Theology of Survival, in Asian Theology on the Way: Christianity, Culture and Context

Weapons of the Weak: Cultural Forms of Resistance and their Implications to Missionary Theology and Practice, in Mission and Culture: The Louis J. Luzbetak Lectures


Toward an Ethic of Risk: Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration Reform, in Studies in Christian Ethics (print version)


An Intercultural Theology of Migration: Pilgrims in the Wilderness


Between Identity and Security: Theological Implications of Migration in the Context of Globalization, in Theological Studies

Other information

Gemma Tulud Cruz serves on the editorial board of Solidarity: Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics as well as the journal Asian Horizons. She also serves on the editorial panel of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review.