Clemens Sedmak is a professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also an 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. He previously 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.
Catholic social tradition; social ethics; poverty; theories of justice, epistemology and ethics; philosophy of religion and religious studies
Kellogg Book Series
- 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)
For World Refugee Day, Panel Explores Global Crisis
Jun 25, 2020
A recent Keough School panel exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on refugees included Kellogg Faculty Fellows Clemens Sedmak, Rahul Oka, Paul Perrin, and Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee.
Sedmak Comments on Refugee Solidarity Amid COVID-19
May 20, 2020
Faculty Fellow Clemens Sedmak (social ethics) was quoted in a Catholic News Service article on Crux and elsewhere titled, “Jesuit Presents Book on how Religion and Ethics can Shape Refugee Response.”