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Fr. Alexandrew Martins

Alexandre Martins, MI, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Alexandre A. Martins (Ph.D. Marquette University, 2017), specializes in health care ethics and social ethics, especially in the areas of public health, global health, Catholic social teaching, and liberation theology. He is also a scholar in philosophy of religion, specialized in the work of French philosopher Simone Weil. His scholarship has been broad. He has engaged in ethics, theology, and health care through a dialogue with anthropology, philosophy, epidemiology, and medical science, especially engaging with marginalized voices and addressing issues from the perspective of the poor.

Throughout his academic and activist life, he has acted as an advocate for universal health care coverage through grassroots and social movements as well as through his scholarship and publications. He is deeply engaged in bioethics and public health through social movements organized from marginalized communities, including a time when he served the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference as an adviser on issues of bioethics and pastoral care. Through humanitarian organizations and academic projects, he has also served in areas marked by poverty and lack of adequate health care assistance, such as Brazil, Bolivia and Haiti. These activities are projects in global health that he has developed with partners and committed to Catholic values, diversity and the empowerment of the poor.

His work and publications have international recognition. He has spoken in conferences and led seminars in different countries, especially as a visiting scholar at Saint Camillus University in São Paulo, Brazil and at Camillianum - Istituto Internazionale di Teologia Pastorale Sanitaria of Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy. He also serves on the Latin American Regional Committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church and is a very active member of Brazilian Society of Moral Theology.

Currently, his research interests focus on Catholic social ethics and health care ethics with special concentration in public and global health. Through research and social projects, he is developing what he began in his doctoral dissertation entitled The Cry of the Poor: An Anthropology of Suffering and Justice and Health Care From a Latin American

Liberation Approach. He has published several articles and books, selected publications are:

  1. Introdução à Cristologia Latino-Americana: Cristologia no Encontro com a Realidade Pobre e Plural da América Latina (São Paulo: Paulus, 2014).
  2. A Pobreza e a Graça: Experiência de Deus em Meio ao Sofrimento em Simone Weil (São Paulo: Paulus, 2013).
  3. Bioética, Saúde e Vulnerabilidade: Em Defesa da Dignidade dos Vulneráveis (São Paulo: Paulus, 2012).
  4. “Protestant Social Ethics and Catholic Social Ethics: A Dialogue Towards Just Health” in Atualidade Teológica 21, no. 56 (May-August 2017): 323-43.
  5. “A Haiti Report: A Personal Reflection in Liberation Spirituality” in The Journal of Healthcare Ethics & Administration 2, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 1-4.
  6. “Preferential Option for the Poor and Equity in Health” in Rivista Camillianum 40 (2014): 31-48. “Health Justice: A Liberation Approach to Justice in Health Care” in Health Care Ethics USA 22, no. 3 (summer 2014): 1-14.
  7. “Diálogo: Antigo e Novo Desafio para a Ética Teológica no Brasil” in Hacia una Ética de Participación y Esperanza: Congreso Latinoamericado de Ética Teologica, ed. Emilce Cuda (Bogotá: Universidad Javeriana Press, 2017), 160-200.
  8. “Immigration and Vulnerable Bodies: Migrants and Health Risks in Brazil” in Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples, ed. Agnes M. Brazal and Maria Teresa Davila (Marykroll: Orbis Books, 2016), 91-100.

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