Faculty Experts - Gerald J. Beyer, PhD

Gerald Beyer, PhD

Gerald J. Beyer, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Economic Ethics
  • Catholic Social Ethics
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Labor Rights 



Dr. Beyer is an expert in the ethical principles that are the underpinnings of Catholic Social Teaching. He can discuss social justice issues of contemporary importance in the Church and is a leading authority on Pope John Paul II and the Polish Solidarity Movement.


  • PhD, Boston College
  • Fulbright Scholar, Academy of Economics, Krakow, Poland
  • MAR, Yale University Divinity School
  • BA, Georgetown University
Selected Professional Experience
  • Faculty, Villanova University, 2013- Present
  • Tenured Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies; Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Teaching Assistant, Boston College
Selected Publications
  • Solidarity or Status Quo? Catholic Social Teaching and The Mission of Catholic Higher Education (in progress).
  • Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland's Unfinished Revolution (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). 
  • “Labor Unions, Adjuncts, and the Mission and Identity of Catholic Universities,” Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society, Vol. 42, No. 1 (2015): 1-37
  • “Reflections on the Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II,” Political Theology Today, April 25, 2014.  
Selected Research
  • Veritas Research Grant, Villanova University, 2014-15
  • Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research, Saint Joseph’s University, 2011-2012
  • Mission Grant, Saint Joseph’s University, 2011
  • Faculty Summer Research Grant, Saint Joseph's University, 2010


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