This book draws together the insights of social scientists, historians, and theologians in order to introduce readers to central topics in Catholic Social Teaching and to provide concrete examples of how it is being put into action by colleges and college students.
The contributors bring their disciplinary backgrounds and knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching to the exploration of the issues, making the book suitable for use in a wide range of college courses and settings. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help readers to think about issues raised in the essays and to think creatively about Catholic Social Teaching in an ever-changing world.
Susan Crawford Sullivan is associate professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. She has also been a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Divinity School. In addition to publishing numerous journal articles, she is the author of Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Distinguished Book Award from both the American Sociological Association (sociology of religion section) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. She is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Peace and Justice Advisory Committee.
Ron Pagnucco is an associate professor in the department of peace studies at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota. His work has appeared in Human Rights Quarterly; Research on Social Movements, Conflict and Change; Sociological Inquiry; and Research on Democracy and Society. With Jackie Smith and Charles Chatfield, he co-edited Transnational Social Movements and Global Politics: Solidarity beyond the State (Syracuse University Press, 1997), and with Chris Hausmann, he guest co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, "Peacebuilding in Africa" (2011). He is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Peace and Justice Advisory Committee.