William O’Neill

William O’Neill, S.J. is professor emeritus of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and a visiting professor of Hekima University College in Nairobi. He received his STL from the Jesuit School of Theology and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He received the Graduate Theological Union Sarlo Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 and the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award in 2015.

His writings include The Ethics of Our Climate: Hermeneutics and Ethical Theory (Georgetown Univ. Press), Reimagining Human Rights: Religion and the Common Good (Georgetown Univ. Press); Catholic Social Teaching: A User’s Guide (Orbis); and book chapters and journal articles addressing questions of human rights, social reconciliation, restorative justice, refugee and immigration policy, race and mass incarceration, and the Church and public reason.

He has worked with refugees in Tanzania and Malawi and done research on human rights in South Africa and Rwanda. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Mission and Identity team of the Jesuit Refugee Service while serving in the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya.

“The Ethics of Enchantment: Spirituality and Ecological Ethics,” chapter in Religion and Sustainability: Interreligious Resources, Interdisciplinary Responses: Intersection of Sustainability Studies and Religion, Theology, Philosophy (Sustainable Development Goals Series) 1st ed. 2022 Edition https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-79301-2_11