J. Bryan Hehir

Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life
Hauser Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
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J. Bryan Hehir


J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He is also the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984 to 1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993 to 2001). His writings include: "The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change"; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty"; "Strategic Logic and the Killing of Civilians" and "Theology, Social Teaching and Catholic Charities."



  • IGA-112 The Politics and Ethics of Statecraft


  • IGA-121 Religion and World Politics: Connections and Collisions
  • IGA-220 The Politics and Ethics of the Use of Force

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Hehir, J. Bryan. "Roman Catholicism and Democracy: The Post-Conciliar Era." Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine. Ed. Democopoulos, George, and Aristotle Papanikalaou. Fordham University Press, November 2016.

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