Daniel Groody, CSC

Daniel Groody, CSC

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D. Theological Union

Research and Training Interests

Theologies of Migration, Spirituality of Immigrants, the Heart’s Desire and Social Change

Selected Publications

“Cup of Suffering, Chalice of Salvation: Refugees, Lampedusa, and the Eucharist,” Theological Studies (December 2017): 960-987

“Crossing the divide: foundations of a theology of migration and refugees,” Theological Studies (2009): 638-667

Coedited with Gioacchino Campese. A Promised Land, A Perilous Journey: Theological Perspectives on Migration. University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

Globalization, Spirituality and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace. Orbis Books, 2007.

Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit. Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2002.


Father Dan Groody, associate professor of theology and global affairs, is the Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.

His major responsibilities include advancing undergraduate teaching, research, and outreach as well as overseeing Academic Services for Student-Athletes, the Center for University Advising, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Moreau First Year Experience course, and the work of the Core Curriculum Committee. He also provides leadership for the student accommodations process and chairs the Advisory Committee on the Academic Code and Policy (ACACP), the University Committee on the Honor Code (UCHC), and the Valedictorian and Salutatorian Selection Committee.

In addition to his role in the provost’s office, Father Groody serves as a Fellow and Trustee of the University and is the adviser for discernment and discovery for Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative. 

An internationally recognized expert on migration and refugee issues whose papers and books have been translated into seven languages, he is the author of Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit. He has edited or co-edited four books on poverty, justice, and migration.

Father Groody’s expertise in and passion for refugee and migration issues has also been applied as executive producer of several acclaimed films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist and Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey.

Father Groody has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and the United Nations on issues of theology, globalization, migration, and refugees. In 2007-08 he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre. 

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Father Groody is a faculty fellow of the University’s Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

Father Groody earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, a master of divinity degree and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and his doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.


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