Benjamin Peters, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Director, Honors Program

Benjamin Peters, Ph.D.

In the years between undergraduate and graduate school, Benjamin Peters focused his efforts on service. He spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer at a school in Kingston, Jamaica, and another year working at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.

These experiences opened my eyes to injustice and poverty,” Peters said. “My growing awareness of the suffering in the world was broadened when I worked at a soup kitchen in Baltimore and at a Catholic Worker house in Indiana — years in which I became familiar with social justice issues in the U.S.“

Dr. Peters concluded that, “All these experiences caused me to look more deeply at my own faith tradition —particularly to Catholic social thought — and continue to motivate my research and teaching today.“ In the classroom, Peters works to demonstrate that religious faith can foster critical thought: “I encourage students to see their education not simply as a means to a better job, but as an opportunity to alleviate suffering and injustice in the world.“

Recent Research/Publications/Presentations

View more information about Dr. Peters’ academic work.


Called to be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2016).

Peer-Reviewed Articles/ Book Chapters

Agere Contra: An ‘Ignatian Option’ for Engagement with American Society and Culture,” Journal of Moral Theology 6/2 (June 2017): 175-193.

“‘Voices Silenced or Ignored’: World War II and the Flattening Out of American Catholicism,” in Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry, Timothy Gabrielli and Derek Hatch eds., (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock 2017), 145-162.

“Ignatian Radicalism: The Influence of Jesuit Spirituality on Dorothy Day,” Catholic Historical Review 103/2 (Spring 2017): 297-320.

“‘Apocalyptic Sectarianism’: The Theology at Work in the Critiques of Catholic Radicals,” Horizons 32/9 (Fall 2012): 208-229.

“Nature and Grace in the Theology of John Hugo,” in God, Grace & Creation, Philip Rossi, ed. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010): 59-78.

Academic Degrees

B.A.,  St. Hyacinth College and Seminary
M.Div., University of Notre Dame
Ph.D.,  University of Dayton

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone:  860.231.5299