Drew Christiansen, S.J.

Drew Christiansen
Drew Christiansen, S.J.


Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion and World Affairs

Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Human Development in the School of Foreign Service and Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion Ethics and World Affairs. He was director of the Office of International Justice and Peace at the United States Catholic Conference, where he was also policy adviser for the Middle East, and Editor in Chief of America, the Jesuit weekly journal of opinion. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley.

He has been a regular adviser to the Holy See (Vatican) on Middle East, affairs, international religious freedom, and nuclear disarmament. He also serves as contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought and a member of the Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism of the Middle East Taskforce of the Atlantic Council.

At the Berkley Center, he co-chairs the Church-World Program, is a liaison with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. In that capacity, he also works with the Initiative to Re-Engage the U.S. Catholic Community on Nuclear Disarmament.

He has been a member of the International Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue, the U.S. Methodist-Catholic Dialogue and both the Catholic-Reform/Conservative/Reconstructionist and the Catholic-Orthodox-Jewish Dialogues. For his service to Palestinian Christians he was invested as a Canon of the Holy Sepulchre.

He blogs frequently for the National Catholic Reporter, America and Georgetown’s Global Futures Program.

Areas of Expertise: Catholic Social Teaching; War, Peace and Nonviolence;
Forgiveness in International Politics; Middle East and Middle East Christians; Nuclear Weapons Policy; Ethics and Global Human Development; Environment in Catholic Social Teaching

Selected Publications


Co-author, Forgiveness in International Politics: An Alternative Road to Peace (USCCB, 2004)

Co-editor, Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Challenges for a New World (USCC, 1994)

Co-editor, And God Saw It Was Good: Catholic Theology and the Environment (USCC, 1996)

Co-editor, Faithful Witness: Michel Sabbah on Reconciliation and Peace in the Holy Land (New City, 2009).

Selected Recent Articles

“”Discerning the Signs of the Times: “”Holy Conferencing and Communal Discernment in Ecumenical Advocacy,”” Journal of Catholic Social Thought, forthcoming.

“”The Harmony of Creation: The Mystical Vision of Laudato Si,
Laudato Si: Commentaries (Anselm Academic, forthcoming).

“”The Global Vision of Evangelii Gaudium: Cultural Diversity as a Road to Peace,”” Cambridge University, forthcoming..

“”Theological Perspectives on Nuclear Disarmament (Vatican/Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, forthcoming)

“”Liberty’s Rise and Fall: A Modern History of Religious Freedom,”” America February 29, 2016.

With Gerald Mannion, “”Human Migration as a Challenge for Church and World”” in Religion, Peace and World Affairs: The Challenge Ahead, The Berkley Center Essays (Georgetown, 2016).

“”The Economy of Grace and the Church of the Poor: Papal Responses to the Financial Crisis,”” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 12:9 (Summer 2015) 189-206.

“”The Jesuits, the Pope and the Jews”” Origins, Sept. 24, 2014.

“”The Significance of the Mennonite Catholic Dialogue: A Catholic Perspective”” in Gerald W Schlabach and Margaret Pfeil, eds. Sharing Peace:Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation (Liturgical Press, 2013).

“”The Unbelievers: An Overview of ‘Religious Atheism'”” (Review Essay), America, Feb. 2, 2015.

“”Making the Parish a Place of Encounter and Dialogue”” (Commentary on Laudato Si), Origins, February 11, 2016.