David Hollenbach, S.J.

David Hollenbach, S.J.
Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor
 

Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor

Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs


David Hollenbach, S.J. is the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He was previously at Boston College (1991-2016) where he held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and was Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

In 2015 Hollenbach held the Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress. He has served as Visiting Professor at Hekima University College in Nairobi, the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. He collaborates with the Jesuit Refugee Service on the human rights of displaced persons. He has conducted workshops for parliamentarians and for church leaders in South Sudan on human rights in their newly independent country.

In 2015 he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress. He is current President of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the past President of the Society of Christian Ethics. He assisted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting their pastoral letter Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy. He received the Civitas Dei Medal from Villanova University in 2015 and the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton in 2009, both awards for his contributions to Catholic intellectual life. In June, 1998, he received the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.


Areas of Expertise: Religious and ethical responses to humanitarian crises and refugees, Religion in Global Political Life, Human Rights, Theories of Justice, Ethics of War, Peace and the Use of Force, Moral Philosophy, Catholic Social Thought, Contemporary Theology, and Political Theory.

  • B.S.: St. Joseph’s University
  • M.A. and Ph.L.: St. Louis University
  • M.Div.: Woodstock College
  • Ph. D. in Religious Ethics: Yale University

Selected Publications

Books

The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003. Chinese edition: 公共信仰的全球面相﹕政治,人權與基督教倫理 , with new Foreword by the author). 公共神學系列 (Series on Public Theology). 香港 (Hong Kong): 漢語基督教文化研究所 (Institute of Sino-Christian Studies), 2013.

The Common Good and Christian Ethics. New Studies in Christian Ethics. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Justice, Peace, and Human Rights: American Catholic Social Ethics in a Pluralistic World. New York: Crossroad, 1988; second printing: 1990.

Nuclear Ethics: A Christian Moral Argument. New York: Paulist Press, 1983.

Claims in Conflict: Retrieving and Renewing the Catholic Human Rights Tradition. Woodstock Studies #4. New York: Paulist Press, 1979.

Edited Books

Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants. David Hollenbach, S.J., editor. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010.

Refugee Rights: Ethics Advocacy, and Africa, David Hollenbach, S.J., editor. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2008.

Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations, edited by Kenneth R. Himes (lead editor), Lisa Sowle Cahill, Charles E. Curran, and Thomas Shannon. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005.

Catholicism and Liberalism: Contributions to American Public Philosophy, with R. Bruce Douglass. Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life. Cambridge University Press, 1994. Includes two essays by D. Hollenbach: “A Communitarian Reconstruction of Human Rights,” and “Afterword: A Community of Freedom.”