Rev. Richard P. McBrien
Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Roman Catholic Theology
Areas of Expertise
Ecclesiology, religion and politics, and the theological, doctrinal and spiritual dimensions of Catholicism
A priest of the archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., Father McBrien has been a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1980 and served as chair of the theology department from 1980 to 1991. His scholarly interests include ecclesiology, the relationship between religion and politics, and the theological, doctrinal and spiritual dimensions of the Catholic tradition. He is author or editor of numerous books including “Catholicism,” “Church: the Continuing Quest,” “Caesar’s Coin: Religion and Politics in America,” “Lives of the Popes” and “Lives of the Saints.” He also was general editor of “The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism.” In addition to writing a syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press since 1966, Father McBrien often comments on the Catholic church for television and radio programs.
IN THE NEWS
Social-cultural anthropology, international migration, pluralism, European societies
International trade and finance, U.S and international economy
Economics of the family, economic demography, health economics
International relations, international security, political theory and international relations, and American foreign and defense policies.
Death penalty, free speech, school choice, Catholic social thought, church/state relations, religion in the public square, free exercise of religion, federalism and criminal law, Supreme Court, criminal defense, religious liberty, education reform
International criminal law, complex criminal litigation, terrorism, terrorist financing, anti-money laundering, organized crime
Management psychology, leadership personality, moods, emotions, and career and life success
New Testament Interpretation, Early Christian Martyrdom, Resurrection and Afterlife, Constructions of Disease and Disability in the Bible, Early Christian Origins.
Warfare, anthropology of war and peace, epicenters of conflict and peacebuilding, transnational crime, globalization, gender, culture theory
International law, international legal regulation of the use of force, conflict and dispute resolution