Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Director, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
DPhil., Oxford University
Gerard Mannion is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC). A professor of systematic theology and ethics, his academic career has taken in posts in Oxford, Leeds, Liverpool (UK), and Leuven (Belgium). He has held visiting research fellowships at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University, New York City, the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento (Italy) and was selected to participate in the programme on ‘Teaching the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project’, at the Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College (August 2003). Gerard has held visiting professorships at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of Chichester (UK). He is an Irish citizen, passionate about social justice, rugby union, travel and music.
Academic Research Interests
His scholarly interests lie especially in the fields of ethics and ecclesiology, with particular interest in the following areas: ecumenics - dialogue within and between churches, faiths and between faith communities and the wider ‘world’; comparative ethics and ecclesiology; social ethics (particularly pertaining to social justice, globalization, work, the morality of institutions and bioethical questions); the notion of ‘theologically-informed ethics’ (i.e. the nature of the contribution of the church to moral debates in secular society); the related area of ‘public theology’ and the parameters of a ‘public ecclesiology’; the moral philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and their era (including their impact, later influence and interaction with religious currents of thought); ethical theory; the possibility and nature of ethics in a postmodern age; ecclesial authority, governance, leadership and organisation; modern and contemporary systematic and philosophical theology.
Executive Assistant, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
Justine Gonzales attended UC Riverside where she received her BA in English. Since graduating, she has held positions as a preschool teacher with the Diocese of San Diego and an employment coordinator with Catholic Charities. Justine joined USD in August of 2010.
CCTC Advisory Council
Along with the Director, the eight members of the CCTC Advisory Council are
responsible for developing and delivering programs relating to Catholic thought
and culture for the University and local community.
Advisory Council Members
- Stephen Conroy, PhD
Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce, School of Business Administration
- Mary Doak, PhD
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
- Carlton Floyd, PhD
Associate Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor and Chair, English, College of Arts and Sciences
- Necla Tschirgi, PhD
Professor of Practice, Human Security and Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
- Tina Beattie, PhD
Tina Beattie is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing at Roehampton University in London
- Denys Horgan
Editor, San Diego Catholic Worker Newspaper and San Diego Catholic Worker Movement and Formerly UCSD Media Office, National Religion Correspondent for Toronto Globe and Mail, and Dominican Order
- Paul Lakeland, PhD
Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of Fairfield's Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA
CCTC Visiting Fellows