Clemens Sedmak is professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also advisor in Catholic Social Tradition in the Center for Social Concerns and a Kellogg Institute for International Studies faculty fellow.

Sedmak focuses his research on social ethics, the Catholic social tradition, and issues of poverty and justice.

The author most recently of The Capacity to be Displaced: Resilience, Mission, and Inner Strength (Brill, 2017) and Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy (Orbis, 2016), Sedmak has published hundreds of books and articles in several languages.

Before coming to Notre Dame, he was the F. D. Maurice Professor for Moral and Social Theology at King’s College London. Previously, he served as director of the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research and chair for epistemology and philosophy of religion at the University of Salzburg, where he was also president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics.

Sedmak has held visiting professor posts at Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, Germany’s University of Jena, Vienna Business University, and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. A native of Austria, he holds a PhD in theology from the Catholic University of Linz, and PhDs in philosophy and in social theory from the University of Innsbruck.

Thematic Interests

Catholic social tradition; social ethics; poverty; theories of justice, epistemology and ethics; philosophy of religion and religious studies

Research Sub-Discipline
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Honorable Mention, Catholic Press Association Book Awards (category “Pope Francis”) for Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy (2017)
  • Named Full Member, European Academy for Sciences and Arts (2015)
  • Senator Wittschier Award for Outstanding Research, University of Salzburg (2014)

Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet