Craig A. Ford, Jr., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College, in De Pere, WI. He writes on topics at the intersection of queer theory, critical race theory, and the Catholic moral tradition, with a particular interest in reclaiming the Thomistic natural law tradiiton for queer people of color. His first monograph, Works of Art: Sexuality, Gender, Race, and a New Theology of Embodiment as well as his first edited volume (together with Bryan Massingale and Miguel Diaz), All of Us: A New Agenda for Catholic Theology from Queer Theologians of Color are both under contract with Fortress Press.
Because of its deployments within white supremacist and heteronormative projects, the natural law has not been seen as a partner in liberative ethical projects. Considerations with respect to José Muñoz’s concepts of disidentification and brownness, however, allow for a rapprochement between queer-of-color epistemologies and a Thomistic epistemology of the natural law.