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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


David Hollenbach SJ is the Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University DC. Before coming to Georgetwon University, he held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and was Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.  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 has taught often at Hekima University College in Nairobi, the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. He has conducted workshops for parliamentarians and for church heads in South Sudan on human rights in their newly independent country. 

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.

Recent awards include: the Civitas Dei Medal from Villanova University; the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton for Catholic contributions to intellectual life; the John Courtney Murray Award for contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.


Key publications: 

His 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).        

Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
 David  Hollenbach



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