Associate Professional Specialist
Assistant Professor of Theology
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
Ph.D. (Moral Theology/Christian Ethics) 2000 University of Notre Dame
M.A. (Moral Theology/Christian Ethics) 1997 University of Notre Dame
M.T.S. (Moral Theology, with Distinction) 1994 Weston Jesuit School of Theology
B.A. (Government and International Studies, summa cum laude) 1987 University of Notre Dame
Research and Teaching Interests
Catholic Social Thought; Fundamental Moral Theology; Peace Studies; Spirituality and Environmental Ethics; Liberation Theology; Racial Justice
See below for a lecture presented by Prof. Pfeil on the topic of "The Spirituality of Nonviolence" at Villanova University.
The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance, co-authored with Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich, with a foreword by Sr. Helen Prejean. Content and Context in Theological Ethics, Series Editor Mary Jo Iozzio. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation, co-edited with Gerald Schlabach, based on the Mennonite-Catholic Theological Conference, Notre Dame, 2007. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, forthcoming 2012.
Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (Annual Volume of the College Theology Society), co-edited with Tobias Winright. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, forthcoming 2012.
Essays in Books:
“Becoming Synergoi: Food, Justice, and Economic Cooperation,” in The Almighty and the Dollar: Christian Reflections of Economic Justice, ed. Mark J. Allman. Winona, Minnesota: Anselm Academic, forthcoming 2012.
“The Penitentials As Literature,” pp. 128-131 in The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Vol. 1, ed. George Kurian and James D. Smith. Peabody, Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2010.
“Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: Strategic Appropriation of Catholic Social Teaching,” pp. 64-71 in Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women’s Strategies for the Church, ed. Colleen Griffith, a volume in the Century 21 Series, ed. James Keenan and Patricia De Leeuw. New York: Crossroad, 2009.
Academic Work In Progress:
Refereed Paper, “Terrible Luminosity: Social Sin, Systemic Reconciliation, and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, January 2012, Washington, D.C.
“The Askesis of Eating Locally,” requested article for America Magazine (Lenten issue, 2012).
“Love and Poverty,” invited article for the inaugural volume of the Journal of Moral Theology (2012).
The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance, a manuscript co-authored with Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich. Under contract with Palgrave Press, Content and Context in Theological Ethics, Series Editor Mary Jo Iozzio. (Forthcoming 2013).
White Privilege, a volume co-edited with Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, based on the conference, “White Privilege: Implications for the Catholic University, the Church, and Theology,” Notre Dame, March 2006.
Social Sin: Social Reconciliation? (book manuscript).
Professor Pfeil was recognized with the Greenville Clark Award in May 2012.
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