David Hollenbach, S.J., is the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, a senior fellow at the Berkley Center, and affiliated professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University. Before coming to Georgetown he was the director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, where he held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice. His teaching and research deal with human rights, theories of justice, religious and ethical responses to humanitarian crises, and religion in political life, approached in a way shaped by Catholic social thought, contemporary theology, moral philosophy, and social science approaches. His books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010) The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), and The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002). He has taught frequently at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. He was 2016-2017 president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
He works on human rights and humanitarian issues, largely in Africa, teaching regularly at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also taught at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. Hollenbach 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.
He is the author of numerous works, his best known being The Common Good and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2002). His other books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (Georgetown University Press, 2010), The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (Georgetown University Press, 2003), and Refugee Rights: Ethics Advocacy, and Africa (Georgetown University Press, 2008, as editor). He is currently working on a new book, Humanity in Crisis: Ethical and Religious Responses to War and Disaster, to be published in 2018.
He is the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and past president of the Society of Christian Ethics. 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. His awards include the Civitas Dei Medal from Villanova University and the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton for Catholic contributions to intellectual life. He received the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America, as well as a number of honorary degrees.
Fr. Hollenbach obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University and his B.S. from St. Joseph’s University; he also earned his M.A. and Ph.L. degrees from St. Louis University. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1971.