Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley
Tom Massaro, S.J., Ph.D.

Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor of Moral Theology, Dean

B.A., Amherst College;
Ma.Hum., Fordham University;
M.Div., S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of Theology;
Ph.D., Emory University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Division of Religion, Department of Ethics and Society

Phone: (510) 549-5040
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 220B

About Fr. Massaro

Thomas Massaro, S.J., became the Dean of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in July of 2012. A native New Yorker and a graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, he joined the New England Province of the Society of Jesus immediately upon graduation from Amherst College in Massachusetts. After the usual Jesuit formation, which included two years of philosophy studies at Fordham University, he taught as Professor of Moral Theology for fifteen years at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and its predecessor, Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge.

Fr. Massaro holds a doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University. His teaching and research interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion and the history of Christian political thought. Besides teaching courses on many aspects of Catholic social teaching and the role of religion in public life, Fr. Massaro seeks to maintain a commitment to hands-on social activism. He recently served a six-year term on the Peace Commission of the City of Cambridge and is a founding member of the steering committee of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice.

Fr. Massaro arrived in the Bay area with a great enthusiasm for furthering the mission of Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology: to serve the church by offering excellent theological education for future ministers.

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In addition to Fr. Massaro's regular column in America magazine from 2009 to 2013, he has published dozens of articles and book reviews in scholarly journals as well as more popular venues. Among the seven books he has produced are two volumes offering an ethical evaluation of American social welfare policies, as well as three editions of the popular classroom text Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action. With Thomas A. Shannon, he co-authored Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War (2003) and co-edited American Catholic Social Teaching (2002). He frequently writes and lectures on topics concerning social justice and public policy, both in scholarly forums and for general audiences. Among the recent topics of his public addresses are the ethics of globalization, peacemaking, environmental concern, and developing a spirituality of justice in Ignatian rhythms.

Fr. Massaro's selected publications:

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