Antonio Eduardo Alonso

Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Catholic Studies
Antonio Eduardo Alonso
Phone: 404.727.1816
    • PhD, Emory University, 2017
    • MA, Loyola Marymount University, 2011
    • BMus, Northwestern University, 2002

    Dr. Tony Alonso works at the intersection of theology and culture, with a particular focus on worship and ritual practices. His articles have appeared in a range of journals including Modern Theology, Worship, and Liturgy. Alonso’s current research centers on the relationship between consumer culture and Eucharist as well as the theological implications of the work of Michel de Certeau. In addition to his scholarly work, he is a widely published composer of liturgical music in both English and Spanish; his music appears in hymnals across denominations throughout the world. He is on the board of the Aquinas Center for Theology, a member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, treasurer for La Communidad of Hispanic Scholars, and the liturgical liaison for the Catholic Theological Society of America.


      Caminemos con Jesús,GIA Publications, 2020

      Revival II: Traditional Hymns for Contemporary Ensembles, GIA, 2019

      In Endless Song: An Anthology, GIA, 2018

      Encounter: From the Heart of Pope Francis, GIA, 2018

      Revival: Traditional Hymns for Contemporary Ensembles, GIA, 2018

      Joy and Peace: Eucharistic Acclamations for Holy Communion, GIA, 2016

      Chapters and Articles

      "Embracing Extravagance, Abandoning Limits," International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, vol. 20, no. 1, January 2, 2020

      "Confessions of a Pastoral Musician: Obstacles toward Full, Conscious, and Active Participation," in Fully Conscious, Fully Active, Liturgy Training Publications, 2020

      "Singing the Community of the Beautiful," in Worship, vol. 92, Liturgical Press, March 01, 2018

      Book Review,,Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present by Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion August 16, 2018

      "Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts," in Pastoral Music, vol. 41, no. 1, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Nov. 2017

      "The Psalms: Bread of Heaven in the Wilderness of Our Exodus," in The Hymn, vol. 68, no. 14, October 01, 2017

      "Listening for the Cry: Certeau Beyond Strategies and Tactics," in Modern Theology, vol. 33, no. 3, Wiley Blackwell, July 01, 2017

      Contributor and Editor, "Theology Education Between the Times," in Spotlight on Theological Education, American Academy of Religion, April 2017

      "A Not-So-Universal Language: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us about Music Styles in Worship," in Liturgy vol 30, no. 4, fall 2015

      "Consumed: Celebrating Liturgy in a Consumer Culture," in Worship vol 87, no. 5, September 01, 2013

      "Singing Our Lives to God," in On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life, Upper Room, 2010


      The Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award, Catholic Theological Society of America, 2019

      Emory Center for Faculty Development SWAP Grant, Emory University, 2019

      The Georgia Bulletin, "Candler’s Catholic Studies director nominated for Latin Grammy" (October 29, 2020)

      The Recording Academy, "2020 Latin GRAMMY Awards Nominees Announced" (September 29, 2020)

      National Catholic Reporter"Masses go digital with livestreamed services; find out how to join," (March 21, 2020)

      The Georgia Bulletin, "Cardinal delivers strong message on suffering of Christians worldwide" (October 4, 2018)

      "Union of Voices, Unity of Hearts"- Keynote for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Annual Conference, July 13,2017

      "The Psalms: Bread of Heaven in the Wilderness of Our Exodus", Keynote with Emily Brink for the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, Waterloo, ON July 17, 2018, 

      "Music and Liturgy" Orlando Diocses 

      "What You Have Done for Me" September 27, 2017 

      Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Cuba, the United States of America and visit to the United Nations organization headquarters on the occasion of his participation at the Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (19-28 september 2015)

      Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, interviews Tony Alonso on the topic of "active participation," live from the PrayTell studio on the floor of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians

      Mass of Joy and Peace by Tony Alonso. Includes Gloria, Gospel and Lenten Acclamation, Holy, Memorial Acclamations, Amen, and Lamb of God. July 5, 2011

      Tony Alonso talks with Assistant Senior Editor Kate Williams about his newest mass setting, "Mass of Christ, Light of the Nations." July 6, 2017

      Selected Courses

      History and Theology of Eucharistic Worship

      Liturgical Theology

      Modern Catholicism

      Public Worship

      U.S. Latino/a/x Theologies