Margaret R. Pfeil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
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Dr. Margaret R. Pfeil holds a joint appointment in the Theology Department and in the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Her research interests include Catholic social thought, racial justice, ecological ethics, ecumenical dialogue, and peace studies. With Tobias Winright, she co-edited Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (Orbis Books, 2012). With Gerald Schlabach, she is co-editor of Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation (Liturgical Press, 2013), and with Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich she is co-author of The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance (Palgrave, 2013), which has been issued in paperback in Spring 2016. She is a co-founder and resident of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker Community in South Bend, Indiana.

Publications & Presentations


“A Theological Understanding of Restorative Justice,” Journal of Moral Theology (forthcoming, June 2016).

Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with your God: Vatican II, Pastoral Ministry, and Lay Formation for Mission, ed. Donald P. McNeill, CSC, and Margaret Pfeil (Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Universal, forthcoming 2016).

The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance, co-authored with Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich, with a foreword by Sr. Helen Prejean. Content and Context in Theological Ethics, Series Editor Mary Jo Iozzio. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Paperback edition, 2016.

“A Personalist Understanding of Human Dignity,” in Collected Essays of the Human Dignity Conference, ed. John Cavadini and Jessica Keating (forthcoming 2016).

“Approaching Racialized Violence through the Lens of Restorative Justice,” in Who Is My Neighbor? Crossing Boundaries of Prejudice and Distrust. 5th International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, ed. Pauline Kollontai and Sebastian Kim (forthcoming 2016).


“Romero’s Theology of Transfiguration,” pp. 65-91 in Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World, ed. Robert Pelton. Baltimore: Lexington Books, 2015.


Pfeil, M. (2014). Pacem in terris and a nonviolent spirituality of white resistance to hyper-incarceration. Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 11(1), 127-149.


Schlaback, G., & Pfeil, M. (Eds.) (2013). Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in conversation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Conversation, co-edited with Gerald Schlabach, based on the Mennonite-Catholic Theological Conference, Notre Dame, 2007. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013.

Mikulich, A., Cassidy, L., & Pfeil, M. (2013). The scandal of white complicity in US hyper-incarceration: A nonviolent spirituality of white resistance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Pfeil, M. (2012). Becoming Synergoi: Food, justice, and economic cooperation. In M. J. Allman (Ed.), The almighty and the dollar: Christian reflections of economic justice. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic.

Pfeil, M. (2012). Love and poverty: Dorothy Day's twofold Diakonia, Journal of Moral Theology, 1(2), 61-71.

Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: They Shall Be Called Children of God (Annual Volume of the College Theology Society), co-edited with Tobias Winright. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2012.

Pfeil, M., & Wright, T. (Eds.). (2012). Violence, transformation, and the sacred: They shall be called children of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis.


Pfeil, M. (2011). Oscar Romero’s theology of transfiguration. Theological Studies, 72, 87-115.

Beckman, M., Penney, N., & Pfeil, M. (2011, November). Getting to outcomes: The dance between communities and Universities. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Chicago, IL.

Beckman, M., Penney, N., & Pfeil, M. (2011, September). Community impact 101. Presented at the Indiana Campus Compact Regional Conference in Notre Dame, IN.


“Theology’s Prophetic Commitment to the Urban Church,” Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2010, Vol. 65, ed. Jonathan Y. Tan. Cincinnati: CTSA, 2010.

“The Penitentials as Literature,” pp. 128-131 in The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Vol. 1, ed. George Kurian and James D. Smith.  Peabody, Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2010.


“Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: Strategic Appropriation of Catholic Social Teaching,” pp. 64-71 in Prophetic Witness: Catholic Women’s Strategies for the Church, ed. Colleen Griffith, a volume in the Century 21 Series, ed. James Keenan and Patricia De Leeuw. New York: Crossroad, 2009.


“Power and the Option for the Poor,” pp. 215-227 in Hope and Solidarity: Jon Sobrino’s Challenge to Christian Theology, ed. Stephen Pope. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2008.

“An Analysis of the Aparecida Document in Terms of Structural Sin,” pp.123-136 in Aparecida, Quo Vadis?, ed. Robert Pelton, C.S.C. Scranton: University of Scranton Press, 2008.


“Whose Justice? Which Relationality?” pp. 111-129 in Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence, ed. Gerald W. Schlabach. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007.

“Called and Gifted: Charism and Catholic Social Teaching,” Horizons 34:2 (Fall 2007), 222-237.

“Liturgy and Ethics: The Liturgical Asceticism of Energy Conservation,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 27:2 (Fall/Winter 2007), 127-149.

“True Peace: The Power of Solidarity,” New Theology Review (February 2007), 61-70.


“Social Sin: Social Reconciliation?,”  pp. 171-189 in Reconciliation, Nations and Churches in Latin America, ed. Iain Maclean. London: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2006.