Faculty

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Current Faculty

Fr. Drew Christiansen, S. J., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development

Drew Christiansen is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at Georgetown University and a senior fellow with the university’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in religious social ethics from Yale University as well as M.Phil and MA from Yale, an STM and M. Div. from Woodstock College, and an A.B. from Fordham University.

Current Roles. Fr. Christiansen is currently a steering committee member of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and a core faculty member of the Project for Revitalizing Catholic Engagement in Nuclear Disarmament. He also collaborates with the Hoover core group on nuclear disarmament issues.

Editorial, Foreign Policy, and Teaching Positions. Christiansen has served as editor in chief of the Jesuit magazine America (2005-2012) and director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (1991-1998). He has taught at the University of Notre Dame (1983-84, 1986-1990), the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1980-83, 84-85) and Yale (1978). As director of the U.S. Catholic Conference’s Office of International Justice and Peace he worked on armed conflict and humanitarian protection in the Balkans, the Middle East and Central America. He was the chief staff consultant on the U.S. bishops’ 1991 pastoral statement on the environment, “Renewing the Earth,” and their 1993 peace statement, “The Harvest of Justice is Sown in Peace.”

Research Positions. Christiansen has been director of the Center for Ethics and Social Policy at the Graduate Theological Union/Berkeley and the Woodstock Center at Georgetown University. He has also served as a research scholar at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown, the Kennedy Institute for Bioethics at Georgetown, the Center for Ethics and Social Policy, GTU/Berkeley, the Bannan Center at Santa Clara University, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown.

Service to the Church. Fr. Christiansen is currently a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, its Dicastery for Integral Human Development, and the Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations (New York). Pope John Paul II named him a peritus (expert) to the Synod for America (1997-99) and the First Congress of Patriarchs and Bishops of the Middle East (1999). For his work in support of Holy Land Christians, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah invested him as a canon of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (1997). For a quarter-century, Fr. Christiansen was a member of the USCCB Jewish-Catholic Dialogue, was a member of the International Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue, and participated in two rounds of the United Methodist Church-USCCB Dialogue.

Ongoing Journalism. Christiansen is an international correspondent for La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuits’ multi-lingual, international journal, and a contributing editor with the Journal of Catholic Social Thought and The Review of Faith in International Affairs. He continues to write for America Media.

Publications. He is co-author of Forgiveness in International Politics: An Alternative Road to Peace (USCC). He is co-editor of A World Free from Nuclear Weapons (Georgetown), Michel Sabbah Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace in the Middle East (New City), And God Saw It Was Good: Catholic Theology and the Environment (USCC), and Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Challenges for a New World (USCC). He has published more than two hundred articles in Theological Studies, America, The Hastings Center Report, The Way, Etudes, Croire, La Civilta Cattolica, The Tablet (London), The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Die Zeit, Ethik und Militaër and other journals.

His recent articles include: “Warten auf Harmagedon – Theologische und ethische Aspekte der nuklearen Abschreckung,” Ethik und Militaër, 2020/1; “A Time for Reflection: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” America, July 30, 2020; “The Crisis of American Democracy,” La Civilta Cattolica, 8/10 Dec. 2020; Un Movimento Di Abolizione Per I Nostri Tempi: Entra in vigore il Trattato sul divieto delle armi nucleari,” La Civilta Cattolica, 20 Feb./6 Mar. 2021; “The United States: From Trump to Biden; from Insurrection to Inauguration,” La Civilta Cattolica, 10 March 2021; Review Essay: From Confrontation to Covenantal Partnership: Jews and Christians Reflect on the Orthodox Rabbinic Statement “To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven,” La Civilta Cattolica, forthcoming, and “Fratelli Tutti and the Responsibility to Protect,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 18:1, 5-14.

Emeritus Faculty

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Ph.D., Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is Haub Director of the Catholic Studies Program, and Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History in the Catholic Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies Programs at Georgetown University. She received Georgetown University Alumni Association Faculty Award for 2008 as well as both the Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation and the Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award from Georgetown University in 2000. During 1996-97, she was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is the author of A Guide to Christian Art (2020); Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art (1996); Dictionary of Christian Art (1994); and The Spirit and the Vision: The Influence of Christian Romanticism on the Development of 19th-century American Art (1995); and of the new introduction for the reprint edition of Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art by Gerardus van der Leeuw (2006).

She was the editor of Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations (1994); Image and Spirit in Sacred & Secular Art by Jane Dillenberger (1990); Symbolism, the Sacred, & the Arts by Mircea Eliade (1985); Art, Creativity, and the Sacred (1995 [1984]); and The Sacred Play of Children (1983); Art Editor for World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest, 25 volumes (1985-1994); and co-translator for A History of Religious Ideas, Volume III by Mircea Eliade (1985). Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is a contributor to The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (late 2019); Old Masters, New Women special issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019); Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Religion (2016 to present); The Dictionary of Art (1996), American National Biography (1999), Encyclopedia of New England Culture (2005), Encyclopedia of American Studies (2001). Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (1998), Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2007), Encyclopedia of Women and World Religions (1999), Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (2015), Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1998-2005), Christianity: A Complete Guide (2005), A Companion to the Study of Religion (2005), Religion Past and Present (2009-2013), New Westminister Dictionary of Church History (2008), Makers of Christian Theology in America (1997), The (Oxford) Dictionary of Islam (2001), and HarperCollins’ Dictionary of Religion (1995).

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona is the author of numerous articles for scholarly journals and collected volumes. She and Doug Adams co-edited Art as Religious Studies (1987) and Dance as Religious Studies (1990). With Lucinda Ebersole, she co-edited of Women, Creativity, and the Arts: Critical and Autobiographical Perspectives (1995). She was Consultant for Art and Religion for The Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition (2005), Advisor for Art/World Iconography for the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2005), Area Editor for Cultural Reception of Art for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (2006-2020), Consulting Editor for the Arts, Dance, and Film & New Media for The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2011 Supplement on the Arts, Literature, and Music (2011), and Consulting Editor for Art for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Arts (2016). She serves currently on the editorial boards of Bloomsbury/T&T Clark Library of Catholic Thought, Bloomsbury//T&T Clark Library of Christianity and the Arts and Visual Commentary on Scripture, and as a member of the scientific committees for the international conferences Florence and the Idea of the New Jerusalem (2018) and L’arte sacra e la mostre (2020) both based in Florence. She is Editor-in-Chief of the 8-volume series Sources and Documents in the History of Christian Art (2023) the 3-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts in the West (2023) and Oxford Handbook of Mary Magdalene (2024), and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Brill Research Perspectives in Religion & the Arts (2016-2020). She is completing the two-volume Visualizing Biblical Women: Favored, Fallen or Otherwise (2024); Christian Art: A Bibliographic Guide (2022); and Mary Magdalene: A Visual History (2022); and Empathos Transfigured: Rogier van der Weyden’s Transformations of the Magdalene (2023), and is Editor and Contributor to Variations on Christian Art (2022/23).

Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona was guest curator and author of the catalog for In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002). She served as a Core Consultant to the PBS/BBC series, Dancing! (1993), and as co-curator for the celebratory exhibition Noguchi at the Dance for the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (1994). She was a residential fellow at The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center (1982) and The Edward F. Albee Foundation (1983) in support of her study of the art and philosophy of Isamu Noguchi. Dr. Apostolos-Cappadona received fellowship support from the American Academy of Religion (1990), American Council of Learned Societies (1989), and NEH (1990) for her research on 19th-century American ministers as patrons and collectors of art.

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