Kenneth R. Himes, OFM

Siena College, B.A. in history, 1971
Washington Theological Union, M.A. in theology, 1975
Duke University, Ph.D. in religion and public policy, 1981


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.


Publications include An Introduction to Christian Ethics (edited with Ronald Hamel, 1989);
Fullness of Faith: the public significance of theology (authored with Michael Himes, 1993);
Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching (2001).
His most recent book is an edited volume Catholic Social Teachings: Commentaries and Interpretations (Georgetown University Press, 2005).


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


Himes has 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.

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