Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D.
Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University
James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics
Bryan N. Massingale is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alphonsianum (Rome). He specializes in social ethics and teaches courses on Catholic Social Thought, African American religious ethics, sexual ethics, and racial justice. His approach to social ethics focuses upon the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation.
He is currently Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University. There he holds the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics and is a Senior Fellow at Fordham’s Center for Ethics Education. Prior to his recent position at Fordham, he was Professor of Theology at Marquette University for 12 years.
He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010), which received a First Place book award from the Catholic Press Association. He also has authored more than one hundred articles, book chapters, and book reviews. These have appeared in both scholarly and pastoral journals such as Theological Studies, New Theology Review, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Journal of Religion and Society, U.S. Catholic Historian, Origins, U.S. Catholic, The National Catholic Reporter, Signs of the Times in the Americas, and Catholic Peace Voice.
His current research projects explore the contribution of Black religious radicalism to Catholic theology; the notion of “cultural sin” and its challenge to Catholic theological ethics; and the intersections of race and sexuality in both social life and Catholicism.
Recent publications include: “The Erotics of Racism: Police Sexual Violation of Black Bodies,” in Antiblackness in Christian Ethics(2018); “Has the Silence Been Broken? Catholic Theological Ethics and Racial Justice” Theological Studies(March 2014); “Malcolm X and the Limits of ‘Authentically Black and Truly Catholic:’ A Research Project in Black Radicalism and Black Catholic Faith,” Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium5 (2011); “A Parallel That Limps: The Rhetoric of Slavery in the Pro-Life Discourse of U.S. Bishops,” in Nicholas P. Cafardi, ed., Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation(Paulist Press, 2012); “The Systemic Erasure of the Black/Dark-Skinned Body in Catholic Ethics,” in James F. Keenan, ed., Catholic Theological Ethics Past, Present, and Future: The Trento Conference(Orbis Books, 2011); “Vox Victimarum Vox Dei:Malcolm X as Neglected ‘Classic’ for Catholic Theological Reflection,” CTSA Proceedings65 (2010); “Cyprian Davis and the Black Catholic Intellectual Vocation,”U.S Catholic Historian28 (Winter 2010); Poverty and Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good(Washington, DC: Catholic Charities USA, 2008); and “The Scandal of Poverty: ‘Cultural Indifference’ and the Option for the Poor Post-Katrina,” Journal of Religion and SocietySupplement Series 4 (2008).
Professor Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics. He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies,one of the premier Catholic journals of theology. He also served on the editorial boards of theJournal of Moral Theologyand the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He also serves on the North American Regional Committee of the “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” project.
Dr. Massingale is the recipient of four honorary doctorates, and recently held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair at Santa Clara University. He is also the recipient of Marquette University’s highest award for teaching excellence (2009).
In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Massingale strives to be a scholar-activist through serving faith-based groups advancing justice in society. He is a noted authority on issues of social and racial justice, having addressed numerous national Catholic conferences and lectured at colleges and universities across the nation. He has served as a consultant to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, providing theological assistance on issues such as criminal justice, capital punishment, environmental justice, and affirmative action. He has also been a consultant to the National Black Catholic Congress, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Relief Services, the Leadership Conference of Religious Women, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the National Catholic AIDS Network, and the antiracism teams of Call to Action and Pax Christi USA. He is an active participant in a network Catholic thought leaders striving for fuller inclusion of LGBT persons in society and the faith community.
His contributions to justice advocacy have been recognized on a number of occasions. He received in 2017 the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests’ Pope John XXIII Award, “for his tireless efforts to create a world where the dignity of each person is respected and protected”; and Catholic Charities USA’s “Centennial Gold Medal” for leadership and service in the social mission of the Catholic Church. He was awarded the “Eliminating Racism” award from the YWCA in 2014. He is the recipient of Project Equality’s “Religious Momentum” Award for his efforts in promoting diversity in the Catholic Church. He has been honored by both Fairfield University and Cardinal Stritch University for his advocacy for social justice and his work for inclusion of the socially marginalized. He was awarded the “Rev. Al McKnight Award” in 2011 by the National Joint Conference of Black Catholic Clergy, Sisters, Deacons and Seminarians for outstanding witness on behalf of justice for the marginalized. He was honored with the “Harry Fagin Award” in 2009 by the National Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors for his contributions to the study and knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching. He has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association for an award-winning opinion column examining contemporary social issues from a faith perspective. Further recognitions include the “Young Alumnus of the Year” from Marquette University, and the “Annecy Award” from St. Francis Seminary (Milwaukee) for his contributions to the local church.