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Georgetown Faculty Experts Available to Comment on Pope's Encyclical on the Environment

Georgetown University faculty members are available to comment on a range of topics (including Catholic teaching, sustainability, leadership and more) related to the Pope's encyclical on the environment. 

For assistance in booking an interview with any of the experts listed below, please contact the Georgetown Office of Communications at 202-687-4328 or gucomm@georgetown.edu.

Georgetown has a broadcast studio on campus available for use by broadcast outlets. Here is the Marineau Media Center booking information

Catholic Teaching and Social Thought

John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

John Carr is able to comment on the relationship between faith and public life and the role of Catholic teachings in international issues. 

Drew Christiansen, S.J. , distinguished professor of ethics and human development

Rev. Christiansen can comment on papal history, the Biblical and secular basis for an encyclical and the significance of the environment for the Jesuits. To watch a short video interview with Fr. Christiansen, please click here

Chester Gillis, professor, Georgetown College

Dean Gillis is an expert on the U.S. Catholic Church, the history of Catholicism, and the papacy, including Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis. 

Health, Environment and Sustainability

Laura Anderko, Ph.D., R.N., Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at the School of Nursing & Health Studies

A scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health, Anderko has dedicated her life’s work to environmental and social justice, and the intersection of the two. She directs the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Georgetown, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative focusing on environmental risks that impact children.

Mark Giordano, director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs and associate professor of environment and energy

Mark Giordano is available to comment on the encyclical in the context of global water, food and agriculture issues.

Matthew Hamilton, chair of the Georgetown Environment Initiative; Steering Committee and associate professor

Matthew Hamilton is a faculty member in the department of biology and is an expert on biodiversity, evolutionary biology, population and conservation genetics and molecular evolution.



Robert Bies, founder and first academic director of the Executive Master's in Leadership Program

As a leadership expert, Bies can comment on Pope Francis' ability to inspire and mobilize action and the significance of his focus on the environment.

David Thomas, dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

An expert in organizational behavior and leadership, Dean Thomas is available to speak to the media about the leadership of Pope Francis and how he has worked to address the most important questions facing both the secular and religious aspects of our global society.