Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College
David Hollenbach, S.J. holds the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and is Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where he teaches Christian social ethics in the Theology Department. His research interests are in the foundations of Christian social ethics, especially human rights, humanitarian crises and the displacement of refugees, theories of justice, and religion in politics.
He received a B.S. from St. Joseph's University, M.A. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, M.Div. from Woodstock College, and the Ph. D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University in 1975.
He has frequently been Visiting Professor of Social Ethics at Hekima College of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, and has taught at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. He serves as a consultant to the Jesuit Refugee Service concerning the human rights of displaced persons.
He was President of the Society of Christian Ethics (1995-1996) and is presently Vice President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He assisted the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting their 1986 pastoral letter Economic Justice for All: Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy. In June, 1998, he received the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.
His most recent books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010), Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa (2008), The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), and The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002).