Michael R. Grigoni

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Roman Catholic Studies

B.A., Western Washington University, 2000 

M.A., University of Washington, 2007 

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School, 2009 

Ph.D., Duke University, 2020 

Michael Remedios Grigoni joined the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary in 2020. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Western Washington University, his M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, and his M.T.S. in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he served as Pastoral Assistant of Liturgy and Music at Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. 

His research interests center on Christian ethics, political theology, and ethnographic theology. In his dissertation, he develops a Christian ethics of handgun ownership that emerges from ethnographic fieldwork he carried out with Christian handgun owners and Christian anti-gun violence activists in North Carolina. His work appears in Ecclesial Practices and Practical Theology, and he is currently co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Moral Theology on guns and Christian ethics while revising his dissertation for publication. 

As a Roman Catholic and person of Mexican descent, Dr. Grigoni’s teaching interests also include Catholic theology, lived religion, and Latinx theology. To this end, he is currently authoring a book chapter on ethnographic theology and Latinx theology for a volume titled ¡Damos Testimonio! Latinx Voices for the Common Good (Georgetown University Press). 

His research has been supported by the Louisville Institute, Kenan Institute for Ethics, and Hispanic Theological Initiative. In addition to his appointment at LTS, he is an Emerging Scholar with the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which has awarded him a two-year research grant to extend his dissertation project on guns and US American Christianity while bringing his work to publication. 

He served as the co-chair of the Fieldwork in Ethics Interest Group of the Society of Christian Ethics from 2019–2021, and he currently serves on the steering committee of the Ecclesial Practices Unit of the American Academy of Religion. He has presented his research at the American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics, College Theology Society, Duke Center for Firearms Law, and was a featured guest on WUNC 91.5’s The State of Things with Frank Stasio in February 2020.