Gregory L. Cuéllar Visiting Academic

10 December 2017 to 25 July 2018

Dr. Gregory Cuéllar holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s from Texas A&M University, Kingsville. Dr. Cuéllar is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

A major focal point in his research lies at intersections of religion, migratory aesthetics, borderlands and postcolonial trauma. He is currently researching the social, political, and ethical contours of religious services provided within state contracted family detention facilities. He is the author of the monograph, Voices of Marginality and several articles on Hebrew Bible and migration in the context of the U.S. Mexico borderlands.

In terms of advocacy work, he is the co-founder of a refugee artwork project called, Arte de Lágrimas (Art of Tears). Through a traveling art exhibit of original children’s art, this project engages both the politics and the lived experiences of Central American migration to the United States.


Cuéllar, G. (2017) Deportation as a sacrament of the state: the religious instruction of contracted chaplains in U.S. detention facilities, Special Issue: Undocumented & Unaccompanied: Children of Migration in the European Union and the United States, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,

Cuéllar, G. (2018) Sacralized Public Safety and Privatized Religious Care in Immigrant Family Detention COMPAS blog