Emmanuel Katongole

Professor of Theology and Peace Studies

Emmanuel Katongole

4157 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-2219

Emmanuel Katongole

Professor of Theology and Peace Studies


Politics and violence in Africa; theology of reconciliation; Catholicism in the global South.

At the Keough School

Emmanuel Katongole, a Catholic priest ordained by the Archdiocese of Kampala, is a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Katongole contributes research to Contending Modernities, a cross-cultural research and education initiative examining Catholic, Muslim, and secular forces in the modern world.



Katongole earned a PhD in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, undergraduate degrees in philosophy and in theology (Urbaniana, Rome) and a diploma in theology and religious studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He has served as associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation.

Research and Publications

Katongole is the author of books on the Christian social imagination, the crisis of faith following the genocide in Rwanda, and Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation. His most recent book is Who Are My People? Love, Violence, and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa (Notre Dame Press, 2022) which won first place honors from the Catholic Media Association in the category of Gender Issues–Inclusion in the Church.

Katongole’s other books include Born From Lament: On the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans, 2017); The Journey of Reconciliation: Groaning for A New Creation in Africa (Orbis, 2017); The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (Eerdmans, 2010); Stories from Bethany: On the Faces of the Church in Africa (Paulines, 2012); Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda, (Zondervan, 2009); Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (co-authored with Chris Rice, Resources for Reconciliation, 2008); A Future for Africa: Critical Essays in Christian Social Imagination (University of Scranton Press, 2005); African Theology Today (University of Scranton Press, 2002),;and Beyond Universal Reason: The Relation Between Religion and Ethics in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas (Notre Dame Press, 2000).

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