Drew Christiansen, a Jesuit priest, is currently a visiting scholar in the Theology Department at Boston College. In January 2014, he will take on new responsibilities at GeorgetownUniversity as Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Human Development at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and asa senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
Ordained in 1972, he received his Ph.D. inreligious social ethics from Yale University in 1982. He has served as editor in chief of America, the national Jesuit weekly, from 2005to 2012, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace (1991-1998) and Counselor for International Affairs (1998-2004) of the United States Catholic Conference, director of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy at the Graduate Theological Union Berkley (1982-86), and as interim director and director-elect of the Woodstock Theological Center (2002) before being assigned to the staff of America as associate editor (2002-2005).
Father Christiansen has taught social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1980-86) and theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame (1986-90). He was also a member of the first team at Notre Dame’s Kroc Center for International Peace Studies.
Pope John Paul II named Father Christiansen an expert at the Synod for America(1997-99), and he was an expert for the First Congress of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of the Middle East in Fatqa, Lebanon (1999). For his support of Holy Land Christians, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem invested him as a Canon of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Father Christiansen was consultant to the International Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue and a member of the 7th round of the United Methodist-Catholic Dialogue. For more than 20 years he has been a member of the national Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Jewish-Catholic Dialogue, and for several years he hosted the Orthodox Jewish-Catholic Dialogue.
He is co-author of Forgiveness: An Alternative Road to Peace (USCC), and coeditorof Peacemaking: Moral and Political Challenges of the 90s (USCC), And God Saw It Was Good: Catholic Theology and the Environment (USCC) and Faithful Witness: Michel Sabbah on Peace and Reconciliation in the Holy Land (New City).