William T. Cavanaugh

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William T. Cavanaugh
Born1962 (age 61–62)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisTorture and Eucharist in Pinochet's Chile (1996)
Doctoral advisorStanley Hauerwas[1]
InfluencesJohn Milbank[2]
Academic work
School or traditionRadical orthodoxy
InfluencedCatherine Pickstock[3]

William T. Cavanaugh (born 1962) is an American Roman Catholic theologian, known for his work in political theology and Christian ethics.


Cavanaugh received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1984, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He later attended Duke University, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in religion in 1996. His areas of specialization are in political theology, economic ethics, and ecclesiology.[4]

Cavanaugh taught at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota for 15 years. He also spent two years working in Santiago, Chile.[5] In 2010, he was appointed to DePaul University, where he is currently professor of Catholic studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, a center studying the Catholic Church in the Global South.[6][5]

He has published numerous books and articles, some of which have been translated to several languages.[4][7] Along with Jim Fodor, Cavanaugh is an editor of the journal Modern Theology.[8]


  • Cavanaugh, William. Torture and the Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1998.
  • Cavanaugh, William. Theopolitical Imagination. New York: T&T Clark, 2003.
  • Scott, Peter and William Cavanaugh, eds. The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.
  • Cavanaugh, William. Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2008.
  • Cavanaugh, William. The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Cavanaugh, William. Migrations of the Holy. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2011.
  • Cavanaugh, William, Jeffery W. Bailey, and Craig Hovey, eds. An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2012.
  • Cavanaugh, William. Field Hospital: The Church's Engagement With a Wounded World. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2016.


  1. ^ King, Mike. "Review of Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ, by William T. Cavanaugh" (DOC). Mike King. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ Rowe, Terra S. (2016). "Grace and Climate Change: The Free Gift in Capitalism and Protestantism". In Dahill, Lisa E.; Martin-Schramm, James B. (eds.). Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-4982-2546-5.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Paul (2007). "On Radical Orthodoxy" (MP3). Ideas (Podcast). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Event occurs at 0:25:29–0:26:10. Retrieved 11 February 2018 – via Centre of Theology and Philosophy.
  4. ^ a b "Profile Page". Berkeley Electronic Press. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "William Cavanaugh | Faculty | Catholic Studies | Academics | College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences | DePaul University, Chicago". las.depaul.edu. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  6. ^ Cavanaugh, William T. (2011). Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. ISBN 9780802866097.
  7. ^ "William Cavanaugh Books". Amazon. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Modern Theology Editorial Board". Wiley. Retrieved 2018-12-26.