David A. Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Early Christianity and Christian Origins at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Prof. Sánchez earned his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2006. He is the author of From Patmos to the Barrio: Subverting Imperial Mythsthat received the Hispanic Theological Initiative’s annual book award and has co-edited the Fortress Commentary on the New Testament, The Letters and Legacy of Paul, The Gospels and Acts and Hebrews, the General Epistles, and Revelation. He has also published extensively on the murals of the Virgin of Guadalupe in East Los Angeles and his current research project is an in-depth ethnographic study of the religious and political murals found in Derry and Belfast, Northern Ireland, produced during the conflict known as the Troubles (1969-1998). He is the former Book Review Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and the former President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.
Twenty years after the signing of the Good Friday peace agreement, partisan murals litter the landscape of Northern Ireland reminding all of the thirty-year civil war between Catholic and Protestant neighbors.