Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
Ph.D. in religion and public policy, Duke University
MA in theology, Washington Theological Union
BA in history, Siena College
Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College, Himes taught at Washington Theological Union. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Howard University Divinity School, and St. John’s University (NY), where he held the Paul McKeever Chair. A member of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), he has held a number of leadership positions within his religious community.
His research interests are in the history of Catholic social teaching, the role of the U.S. Catholic community in American social reform, the ethics of warfare, and the relationship of religion and politics in the nation’s public life.
The Moral Dimension of the Christian Life
History of Catholic Social Teaching
American Catholicism and Social Reform
Ethical Questions on War and Peace
Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Justice and Peace. He served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2000-2001) and is also a member of the Society of Christian Ethics. He was on the editorial board of New Theology Review and was editor of that journal from 1998-2002. He was a fellow of the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ during 1992. For several years he acted as theological consultant for the Office of Social Development and World Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005) (editor and contributor).
“Vatican II and Contemporary Politics” in Paul Manuel, Lawrence Reardon and Clyde Wilcox, eds., The Catholic Church and the Nation-State: Comparative Perspectives (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2006) pp. 15-32.
"'Two There Are': Religion and Politics in a Polarized Society," New Theology Review 19/3 (August, 2006): 5-13.
“Moral Notes: Consumerism and Christian Ethics,” Theological Studies 68 (2007): 132-153.
“Health Care Access for All: A Perspective from Catholic Social Teaching,” Health Progress 88 (May/June 2007): 25-29.
“A New Casus Belli? Counterproliferation in an Age of Terrorism,” in Linda Hogan, ed. Applied Ethics in a World Church (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008) pp. 126-133.
“Globalization with a Human Face,” Theological Studies 69 (2008): 269-289.
“Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching” in Stephen Pope, ed. Hope and Solidarity: Jon Sobrino's Challenge to Christian Theology (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008) pp. 228-241.
“The United States at War: Taking Stock,” Theological Studies 71 (2010): 190-209.
“Peacebuilding and Catholic Social Teaching” in Scott Appleby, Robert Schreiter, Gerard Powers, eds, Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis (Orbis Books, 2010) pp. 265-299.
Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation (Orbis Books, April 2013).