Social justice expert hired to teach theology at Fordham

Bryan Massingale was honored with a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association for his book,
Bryan Massingale was honored with a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association for his book, "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church." | Contributed photo

Bryan Massingale, a leading Catholic social ethicist and scholar of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation technology has joined the Fordham theology staff for the fall of 2016.

Father Massingale previously served at Marquette University. He has served as the president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and as convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. An author of more than 80 articles, book chapters and reviews for publication, Massingale was honored with a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association for his book, "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church."

“His work on advocacy for both racial justice and justice in the realm of sexual ethics is incredibly well known all around the country,” J. Patrick Hornbeck, chair of Fordham’s theology department, said. “Many Fordham colleagues assign his work in their classes, and several Fordham doctoral students draw heavily on his work in their dissertations.”

Hornbeck notes that ethics, justice and social change are paramount to faculty scholarship at Fordham and that Massingale personifies that mentality.

“It became clear to us in the theology department that what we were lacking was someone who could speak both out of deep experience and out of deep scholarship about the experience of racial justice in the United States,” he said. “There really is no person in the Catholic theological academy who excels at doing such work in a creative and intersectional way than Father Massingale.”

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