David Hollenbach, S.J. is the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He previously held the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and was Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. In 2015 he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress.
He received a B.S. in Physics from St. Joseph's University, an M.A. and Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, an M.Div. from Woodstock College, and the Ph. D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University in 1975.
His books include Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010) Refugee Rights: Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa (2008) The Global Face of Public Faith: Politics, Human Rights, and Christian Ethics (2003), and The Common Good and Christian Ethics (2002).
He works on human rights and humanitarian issues, largely in Africa, teaching regularly at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya, and also at the Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. He collaborates with the Jesuit Refugee Service on the human rights of displaced persons. He has conducted workshops for parliamentarians and for church leaders in South Sudan on human rights in their newly independent country. He approaches these issues in a way shaped by Catholic social thought, contemporary theology, and moral philosophy, as well as by social science approaches.
He is currently President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.