Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J. (born October 6, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA.) is a Jesuit priest, professor, author, and moral theologian currently serving as the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a consultant to the Jesuit Refugee Service and is the recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America in 1998.
Hollenbach received his B.S. in physics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA in 1964 and joined the Society of Jesus upon graduation. After completing his novitiate, He earned a M.A. and Licentiate in Philosophy (Ph.L.) from Saint Louis University in 1968. After serving as an instructor in philosophy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC during the 1968-1969 academic year, he completed his M.Div. at Woodstock College and was ordained a priest on June 5, 1971. After ordination he earned a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Yale University in 1975.
After working as a research fellow during the 1975-1976 academic year at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, Fr. Hollenbach began his career at as a professor of moral theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. In 1991 he was appointed professor of theology at Boston College and was subsequently appointed the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at the same institution in 2005. In 2016, Hollenbach became the Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Service Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he currently teaches.
Until November 2009, Hollenbach held several positions in the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’sHekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also taught at The Jesuit Philosophy Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. In 2015, he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the John W. Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress.
Hollenbach is considered by many experts in Christian ethics to be the principal contributor to Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy.