Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Religion, Duke University, 1996
  • M.Div., University of Notre Dame, 1983
  • B.A., Political Science-History, 1977

Research & Scholarship

Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker

John Courtney Murray, S.J. and church and state

Catholics and Politics in the United States

U.S. Catholic History and Historiography

Catholic higher education

Ethics of War and Peace
No Abiding City:  Radicalism Against Americanism in Catholic Social Ethics, Cascade Books, Eugene, OR (under contract).
“After Americanism: Catholic Radicalism in the Age of Trump,” in American Catholicism in the Twenty-first Century: Crisis, Crossroads, or Renewal?  Traditions: Twenty Years Later, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society, ed. Ben Peters and , Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2013.

“On the Front Lines in ‘the Army of Peace’: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon to a Church and World Divided by War,” Journal on Peace and Change (January 2017).

“Writing History with the End in Sight: Notes on a Radical Catholic Historiography,” in Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry Essays in Honor of William Portier, (Cascade Books, Eugene, OR, 2017)

“Fé e razão na revolução personalista de Dorothy Day,” en Fé, justiçe e paz: o testemunho de Dorothy Day, ed. Maria Clara Luccetti Bingmer (Rio de Janeiro: Paulinas, 2016.

“Murray’s Mistake,” America, September 23, 2013.

"On Not Getting Lost in Translation: The Gospel, Natural Law, and Public Theology,” in Translating Religion: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society, ed. Mary Doak and Anita Houck, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 2013.

“Living in the State of Resistance: Daniel Berrigan’s Contribution to Catholic Social Thought in the United States,” in Berrigan’s Challenge to Catholic Social Thought, ed. James Marsh and Anna Brown, Fordham University Press, New York, NY, 2012.
 “God, Notre Dame, Country: Rethinking the Mission of Catholic Higher Education in the United States,” Nova et Vetera, Fall 2011.

 “The Church as Polis?  Second Thoughts on Theological Politics,” in Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Stanley Hauerwas’s 70th Birthday, ed. Charles R. Pinches, Kelly S. Johnson, and Charles M. Collier, Cascade Books, Eugene, OR, 2010.

 “The Sign of Peace: The Mission of the Church to the Nations,” (Plenary address) Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 59 (2004): 19-41.

 “John Courtney Murray,” in Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, ed. William Cavanaugh and Peter Scott, Blackwell Publishing, London, 2004.

“In Place of an Afterword: My Argument with Father Corby, C.S.C.,” in Swords of the Lord: Military Chaplaincy from the First to the Twenty-first Century, ed. Doris Bergen, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN, 2004.

“God is Not . . . an American,” in God is Not . . . : Religious, Nice, One of Us, An American, a Capitalist, ed. Brent Laytham, Brazos Press, Grand Rapids, MI, 2004.

"Dispelling the ‘We’ Fallacy from the Body of Christ: The Task of Catholics in a Time of War,” in Dissent in the Homeland: Essays After September 11, ed. Stanley Hauerwas and Frank Lentricchia, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2003.

“Foreword,” Daniel Berrigan, Wisdom: The Feminine Face of God, Sheed and Ward, Chicago, IL, 2002.

“Rethinking Pluralism, Personalism, and Practical Reasoning in the Catholic Worker: A Clarification of Thought,” Conference on Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present, and Future, St. Francis University, Fort Wayne, In, May 14, 2015
“What Are We Waiting For? The Social Question in the Time of Pope Francis,” Annual Conference of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, November 1, 2014
“Walking and Talking the Walk and the Talk: A Conversation with Dom Helder Camara,” Fall Conference, Center for World Catholicism, DePaul University, October 25, 2014
“ ‘There Can Be No Revolution . . .’ : The Catholic Worker in Theory and Practice,” Conference on Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Time,” St. Thomas University, Miami, FL, March 8, 2014