Kevin Ahern

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Kevin Glauber Ahern, PhD is an assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. He defended his doctoral dissertation in theological ethics from Boston College in 2013. His dissertation was entitled “Structures of Grace: Catholic NGOs and the Church’s Mission in a Globalized World.” From 2003 to 2007, Kevin Ahern served as the President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana), an international network of students in over eighty countries. He continues to be active on the boards of several national and international networks, including he Catholic Common Ground Initiative, the board of directors of America Press and as a Vice-President of the ICMICA-Pax Romana, He has edited the Radical Bible and Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church, both with Orbis Books. When not teaching, writing, or going to international meetings, Kevin enjoys hiking, Cape Cod, and spending time with his wife. Follow him on Twitter at @kevin_ahern and at


  • PHD, Boston College
  • MA, Boston College
  • BA, Fordham University

Courses Taught

Presently Taught

  • RELS 254 Catholic Social Teaching
  • RELS 110 Nature and Experience of Religion

Past Courses (at other institutions)

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Introduction to Catholic Social Ethics
  • Exploring Catholicism:  Tradition and Transformation
  • Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Human Rights, Humanitarian Crises and Refugees: Political, and Religious Responses
  • Ethics, Religion and International Politics
  • Research
    • Christian social movements
    • Pneumatology and ecclesiology
    • Economic justice and work
    • Reception of the Second Vatican Council
    • Magnanimity and the theological virtue of hope
    • Missiology and justice
    • Lay ministry and lay participation
    • Global governance reform
    • Consistent ethic of life
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Book Reviews


    “Review: Brendan Leahy, Ecclesial Movements and Communities: Origins, Significance and Issues,” Claritas: A Journal of Dialogue and Culture 1 (2012).


    “Review Essay: Robert Fine, Cosmopolitanism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 36 (2010).



    Other (partial listing)


    (Editor) Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2013).


    “Solidaridad Misionera.” Revista Maryknoll March/April, 2012, (46-48).


    “Student Apostles.” C21 Resources Fall, 2010, The Vocations of the Laity (2010): 18-19.


    “Catholic Social Thought Integrated in Student Apostolate.” In Christian Campus Ministry, edited by Etienne A. Triaille, SJ, 117-124. (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2009).


    The Radical Bible (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2009).


    Values and Principles of Global Governance (Brussels and Rome: CIDSE and Caritas Internationals, 2006). Published also in French and Spanish.



    Online Writing


    Contributor to Daily Theology (, Political Theology ( and America Magazine (  

    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS  (partial listing)


    “Catholic Social Thought and the Reform of Global Governance.” Paper presentation at the Pacem in Terris Anniversary Conference. (Notre Dame, IN).  


    “Ecclesial Renewal From Below: International Catholic Organizations and Vatican II.” Paper presentation at the American Academy of Religion (Chicago, IL).


    Paper respondent to “Poverty Reduction: Practicing Catholic Social Teaching in a New Context” by Julie Hanlon Rubio at the College Theology Society Annual Convention (San Antonio, TX).


    “Catholic NGOs and the Mediation of Faith and Global Politics.” Paper presentation at the College Theology Society Annual Convention (San Antonio, TX).


    “Virtue, Vulnerability, and Social Transformation.” Paper presentation at the College Theology Society Annual Convention (New Rochelle, NY).


    “Charismatic Reception and Social Responsibility.” Poster presentation at the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Conference: (Trent, Italy).


    “Towards an Apostolic Communio: How Benedict’s Integral Human Development can Serve as a Space for Common Ground in the Church’s Work for Justice and Peace.” Paper presentation at the College Theology Society Annual Convention (Portland, OR).


    “Global Social Action as an Effective Means for Building Inter-religious Cooperation and Community.” Paper presentation at Engaging Particulates X (Chestnut Hill, MA).


    “The Role of Catholic Youth Movements in a Fractured World.” Paper presentation at the Concilium Symposium (Chicago, IL).


    “Role of International Catholic Organizations in the “Community of Nations.” Paper presentation at “Call to Justice: The Legacy of Gaudium et Spes 40 Years Later” sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought of at the University of St. Thomas (Rome, Italy).

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Experience

    • Spring 2013: Adjunct Professor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry                 
    • 2012-2013: Teahing Fellow, Boston College
    • 2011-2012: Adjuct Professor, Blessed John XXIII National Seminary
    • 2003-2007: International President, the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana)



    • College Theology Society
    • Catholic Theological Society of America
    • Society of Christian Ethics
    • Pax Romana-ICMICA
  • Other



    Peer review for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


    America Press, Board of Directors member.


    Emerging Theologians Network, conference coordinator and founder.


    Catholic Conversations Project, participant.


    Catholic Common Ground Initiative, Advisory Committee member.


    National Catholic Student Coalition, National Adviser.


    The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana), International Council member.


    Boston College Center for the Church in the 21st Century, Advisory Committee member.


    Vatican Sponsored Forum of Catholic Inspired NGOs, Secretary and Working Group member.


    Maryknoll Affiliates, member.


    Youth Delegate to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly for the Holy See.


    International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations, cofounder and coordinator.


    Conference of International Catholic Organizations, Coordination Committee member.