This profile was current as of 2018, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., is the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, a role he began in March of 2012.  He formerly served as executive director of the Center for Social Concerns (2002-2012) at Notre Dame.  He also teaches in the Department of Political Science and is a fellow of both the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. 

As the Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, Fr. Bill assists in deepening the conversation across the academy on issues of importance to the Church.  He is also the liaison for Notre Dame to the Congregation of Holy Cross, the University’s founding religious community, the U.S. Bishops, the USCCB and its affiliates, the Holy See, and he oversees the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Thematic Interests

Religion and politics; Pentecostal growth and religious freedom; democratic stability; US domestic poverty and its politics; human rights and justice; community-based learning and Catholic social thought

Current Research

Latin America’s widening religious freedom; Pentecostal growth; the politics of poverty and Catholic social tradition.