Kroc Institute Professor Honored On “Fifty Minds That Matter” List


Professor Emmanuel Katongole

Fr. Emmanuel Katongole, Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Keough School of Global Affairs, was honored by weekly Catholic publication The Tablet as one of “Fifty Minds That Matter.” The article, which ran in the December 1 edition of the publication, honored 50 living Catholic men and women around the world who are “doing the most to change the way we [Catholics] imagine ourselves and understand the world.”


The publication cited Katongole’s 2010 book, The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa as a “masterpiece in reimagining new ways of studying African history and the crisis of the state and religion as narratives of reversal.”


Others honored on the list included Celia Deane-Drummond, Inaugural Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, Pope Francis, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, physicist Riccardo Giacconi, novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and priest and biblical scholar Jose Antonio Pagola, among others.


“I feel greatly honored, but also extremely humbled to find my name on the same list as these extremely influential leaders, including Pope Francis,” said Katongole. “I am glad that people beyond the academy are reading my work and hope that many more will as a result of this list by The Tablet.”


In addition to The Sacrifice of Africa, Katongole is the author of six other books. His most recent is Born from Lament: On the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans), published in 2017.


About the Kroc Institute


The University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, is one of the world's leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace.