Robert Chao Romero – The Brown Church

Episode: Kicking off National Hispanic Heritage month (in the U.S.), Jules sits down with Robert Chao Romero to discuss his unique approach to history, the influence of Lauryn Hill, the importance of the exodus, the 500-year history of Christian social justice, colonization, the first racial justice sermon in the history of the Americas, the beginning of the Brown Church and its development, Moses as an unaccompanied minor, and much more!

Guest: Robert Chao Romero is an Associate Professor in the UCLA departments of Chicana/o Studies and Central America Studies, and Asian American Studies.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Latin American History and his Juris Doctor from U.C. Berkeley, and is also an attorney. Romero is the author of several books, including, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 (Univ of Arizona Press, 2012) and Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity (IVP Academic, 2020). “The Chinese in Mexico” received the Latina/o Studies book award from the Latin American Studies Association and “The Brown Church” received the InterVarsity Press Readers’ Choice Award for best academic title. Romero is also an ordained minister and faith rooted community organizer.

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