Alexandre A. Martins, Ph.D.

Alexandre Martins
Alexandre A. Martins, Ph.D.Marquette University

Marquette Hall, 330

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3165

Assistant Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Marquette University

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Courses Taught

HEAL 3200:  Bioethics for Health Care

HEAL 4951:  Global and Community-Based Health

Research Interests

Alex Martins' research focuses in bioethics and health equalities in global and public health. His scholarship has been interdisciplinary in which 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. Currently, Alex is working on experiences of community-based practices led by health workers from impoverished communities in Latin America. He is interested in how these grassroots initiatives have contributed to health care delivery and advocacy for systems that offer health care as a human right.

Professional Affiliations

Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church – CTEWC

Sociedade Brasileira de Teologia Moral – SBTM

Society of Christian Ethics – SCE



The Cry of the Poor: Liberating Ethics and Justice in Health Care (Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books: 2019, forthcoming)

A Pobreza e a Graça: Experiência de Deus em Meio ao Sofrimento em Simone Weil (São Paulo: Paulus, 2013).

Bioética, Saúde e Vulnerabilidade: Em Defesa da Dignidade dos Vulneráveis (São Paulo: Paulus, 2012). 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Laudato Si’: Integral Ecology and Preferential Option for the Poor” in Journal of Religious Ethics 43, no. 3 (2018): 410-424.

“Solidarity and Social Justice in Promoting Mental Health and Wellness among Impoverished People: Looking from Mercy and Liberation” in Annals of Bioethics & Clinical Applications 1, no. 1 (2018):1-8.

“Cultural Immersion and Global Health: An Experience Among the Guaranis” in JHEA 2, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2017): 34-39.

“Protestant Social Ethics and Catholic Social Ethics: A Dialogue Towards Just Health” in Atualidade Teológica 21, no. 56 (May-August 2017): 323-43.

“A Haiti Report: A Personal Reflection in Liberation Spirituality” in The Journal of Healthcare Ethics & Administration 2, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2016): 1-4.

“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.

Book Chapters

“Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries: The Need of Palliative Care in Global Health Agenda” in Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice: The Praxis of US Health Care in a Globalized World, M. Therese Lysaught and Michael McCarthy (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2018), 329-341.

“Lessons from Medellín for Just Health Care: Catholic Ministry, Incarnation, and Participation” in The Grace of Medellín: History, Theology and Legacy, Margaret E. Guide, Felix Palazzi, and O. Ernestro Valient. (Miami: Convivium Press, 2018): 225-240.

“Direitos Humanos e Saúde Pública Global em Diálogo Interdisciplinar e Libertador” in Ética Teológica e Direitos Humanos, Ronaldo Zacharias and Maria Inês de Castro Millen (Aparecida, SP: Editora Santuário; SBTM, 2018): 373-400.

“Diálogo: Antigo e Novo Desafio para a Ética Teológica no Brasil” in Hacia una Ética de Participación y Esperanza: Congreso Latinoamericado de Ética Teologica, Emilce Cuda (Bogotá: Universidad Javeriana Press, 2017), 160-200.

“Immigration and Vulnerable Bodies: Migrants and Health Risks in Brazil” in Living With(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migrations of Peoples, Agnes M. Brazal and Maria Teresa Davila (Marykroll: Orbis Books, 2016), 91-100.

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