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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.

theology department

Kenneth Himes


Stokes N425
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-0681
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Religion and Public Policy, Duke University
M.A., Theology, Washington Theological Union
A.B., History, Siena College

Research Interests

His research and writing focus on ethical issues in war and peacebuilding, the development of Catholic social teaching, and the role of religion in American public life, as well as fundamental moral theology.


The Moral Dimension of the Christian Life
History of Catholic Social Teaching
American Catholicism and Social Reform
Ethical Questions on War and Peace

Selected Publications

"The Social Dimension of Evangelization" International Review of Mission (forthcoming 2016).

"Humanitarian Intervention and the Just War Tradition" in Laurie Johnston and Tobias Winright, eds. Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? (Orbis Books, 2015) pp. 50-64.    

"Unemployment in the First World: the U.S. Experience" Concilium: Globalization and the Church of the Poor, eds. D. Pilario, L. Cahill, M. Bingemer, and S. Nadar (2015/3): 96-101. Reprinted in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch editions.

Targeted Killing and the Ethics of Drone Warfare (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).

Fullness of Faith: The Public Significance of Theology (Paulist Press, 1993); co-authored with Michael J. Himes; Chinese edition published in 2014.

“‘Growing Apart’: The Rise of Inequality” Theological Studies 75/1 (2014). 118-132. (co-authored with Kate Ward)

“Papal Thinking About Peace Since Pacem in Terris: The World Day of Peace Messages, 1967-2013” Journal of Catholic Social Thought (January 2014).

Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching (Paulist Press, 2013); first published 2001; Polish edition published in 2005; Indian edition published 2008.

Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation (Orbis Books, 2013).

“Why is Torture Wrong?” Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 21/2 (2011): 42-55.

“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.

“Monsignor George Higgins and Monsignor John Ryan: Public Intellectuals and Social Reformers” in Thomas Groome and Michael Daley, eds. Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010), pp. 125-129.

“Torture as an Attack on the Human” Concilium: Human Nature and Natural Law, ed. L. Cahill, H. Hacke, and E. Metogo (2010/3): 118-123. Reprinted in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch editions.

“The United States at War: Taking Stock” Theological Studies 71 (2010): 190-209.

“Ethical Questions on War and Peace” New Theology Review 23/1 (2010): 82-84.

“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.

“Working for Peace” in Richard Miller, ed., We Hold These Truths: Catholicism and American Public Life (Kansas City, MO: Liguori Publications, 2008), pp. 63-74.

“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.

“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.


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