Matthew Maruggi

Associate Professor

Hagfors CSBR 171
CB 62

The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”

I agree with the above statement by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire; my goal in teaching is to help students become themselves. He went on to say that education is a dialogue between the students, the teachers, and the world around them. I prize the exchange that can happen when people from different religious and philosophical perspectives come together in a classroom and what we all can learn from this encounter. I also value the learning that can happen when we get out of the classroom: in visits to mosques, synagogues, and churches in the Twin Cities, in working with our neighbors in Cedar-Riverside, or in walking through sugar cane fields with campesinos in El Salvador.

I define myself as a Roman Catholic pluralist, deeply rooted in my tradition, especially in its commitment to spirituality and social justice. At the same time, I am continually enriched and transformed by the religions and belief systems of students, colleagues, and friends. My past experience includes work in community organizations, high school teaching, college campus ministry, and directing service-learning initiatives. I have been at Augsburg since 2008. My teaching and research interests have centered on community-based learning, Christian ethics and the ethics of world religions, liberation theology, interfaith studies and action, and spirituality.



B.A., University of Dayton (Psychology and Religious Studies)

M.A., University of Dayton (Theology)

Ed.D University of St. Thomas (Critical Pedagogy)


Recent Publications

“Kaleidoscopic Integration: Spiritual and Social Conscience Development through Narrative Reflection in Service-Learning” (book chapter) in Advances in Service-Learning Research, edited by Virginia Jagla, Andrew Furco, and Jean R. Strait (2015).

“Location as Vocation: An Urban College’s Engagement with their Somali Neighbors” with Annette Gerten in PRISM: A Journal of Regional Civic Engagement 2.4 (December 2013).

Book review of The Heart of Education: A Call to Renewal in Teaching Theology and Religion (January 2013).

“Though Solidarity to ‘Fluidarity’: Understanding Difference and Developing Change Agency Through Narrative Reflection” in Teaching Theology and Religion (October 2012).

The Prodigal God” in Metro Lutheran, April 20, 2012.