Todd D. Whitmore

Todd D. Whitmore

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Interdisciplinary minor in Catholic Social Tradition Faculty Fellow, Kroc Institute for international Peace Studies
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics


Ph.D. The University of Chicago Divinity School, 1990
M.Div. Harvard Divinity School, 1985
B.A. Wabash College, 1979

Research and Teaching Interests

Ethnography and Theology
Social Theory
Catholic Social Teaching

Recent Publications

“Bridging Jesus’ Missions to the Poor and the Wicked: Contributions from an Anthropological Theology,”  Annual of the College Theology Society (2012).


“Religion, Ethics, and Armed Conflict: The Case of Uganda’s ‘War in the North.’” In Mary Ellen O’Connell, ed., What is War?: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2011).


“Whiteness Made Visible: A Theo-Critical Ethnography in Acoliland,” in Christian Scharen and Ana Marie Vigen, eds., Ethnography as Theology and Ethics ( New York: Continuum, 2011): 184-206.


“Genocide or Just Another ‘Casualty of War’?: The Implications of the Memo Attributed to President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda,” Practical Matters: A Transdisciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology (Fall 2010): 1-49.


“’My Tribe is Humanity’: An Interview with Archbishop Jean Baptist Odama,” Journal of Peace and Justice Studies (Fall 2010): 61-75.


“Peacebuilding and Its Challenging Partners: Justice, Human Rights, Development, and Solidarity.”  Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis, R, Scott Appleby, Gerard Powers, and Robert Schreiter, eds. (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2010): 155-189.


“’If They Kill Us, At Least the Others Will Have More Time to Get Away’: The Ethics of Risk in Ethnographic Practice.” Practical Matters: A Transdisciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology  3 (Spring 2010):1-28.  Available at


“When the Lesser Evil is Not Good Enough: The Catholic Case for Not Voting.”  Ted Lewis, ed., Electing Not to Vote: Christian Reflections on Reasons for Not Voting (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2008).


“Crossing the Road: The Role of Ethnographic Fieldwork in Christian Ethics.”  Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 27/2 (Fall-Winter 2007): 273-294.


Todd David Whitmore employs ethnographic methods -- for instance, participant observation and the open-ended interview -- to raise theological questions.  He has spent a year and a half on the ground in northern Uganda and South Sudan, with most of that time spent living in Internally Displaced Persons camps, asking the question of how people in the midst of extreme poverty and armed conflict sustain hope.  Professor Whitmore is currently working on a theologically-oriented book-length manuscript arising from this research.  In addition, he is in the process of editing over 300 hours of interviews with IDP camp residents as part of his project, Acholi Voices: Democratizing the War Testimony of Northern Uganda, which is also to come out as a published volume.  He also writes extensively on Catholic social teaching.


In light of his view that a researcher's love of and solidarity with his or her field subjects must extend beyond the production of academic goods (books and articles), Professor Whitmore has co-founded and is President of a non-governmental organization, PeaceHarvest (, which combines agricultural training with peacebuilding in northern Uganda and South Sudan.



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