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Jens Mueller

Doctoral Candidate

Graduate Assistant

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Jens Mueller
Phone: 814-321-1251
SJ 433


Jens Mueller is doctoral candidate, where his studies focus on the intersection of Catholic social activism, moral theology, and Catholic social thought. His dissertation examines the role that ecclesiology, theologies of the laity, and sacramental practices have played in guiding Catholic social action.

Besides spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog, Jens is an avid sports enthusiast and takes every opportunity he can get to root for his favorite sports teams.


  • Master of Arts in Theology, History, English, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology, History, English, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, 2012


Working Title:

A Social Grace: U.S. Catholic Social Movements in the Twentieth Century


Vincent Miller


Sandra Yocum, Dennis Doyle, Neomi De Anda, Kevin Ahern (Outside Reader)

Courses Taught

  • REL 103: Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies. Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017 and Fall 2016
  • REL 266: Faith Traditions: Moral Reasoning. Spring 2019 and Fall 2018

Scholarly Publications and Presentations

Scholarly Publications

"The Power of #Hashtags: Envisioning Solidarity in the Digital Sphere." Journal of Catholic Social Thought 17, no. 2 (2020): 195-218.

Book Reviews

McDonald, Arthur. A Progressive Voice in the Catholic Church: Association of Pittsburgh Priests, 1966-2019. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2019. Journal of Moral Theology 9, no. 2 (2020): 208-209.

Brady, Bernard. Essential Catholic Social Thought. 2nd Edition. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2017. Horizons 47, no. 1 (June 2020): 144-145.

Scholarly Presentations

"Saints and Sinners? The Catonsville Nine and Cultural Change in the United States." Stander Symposium Dayton, OH, April 2020.

"'A House of Hostility!' The Catholic Worker, Pacifism, and the Doctrine of the Mystical Body." Annual Fordham Theological Graduate Student Association Conference, New York City, NY, April 2020.

"Response to Kelly Johnson's Paper 'The Mastery Delusion: Toward a Christological Property Ethic." Religious Studies Department Colloquy, Dayton, OH, November 2019.

"Solidarity 2.0.: Twitter, The Digital Age, and Catholic Social Activism." The University of Dayton Ph.D. in Theology Twentieth Anniversary, 1999-2019: After Culture, After New Evangelization, Where Do We Go from Here?, Dayton, OH, September 2019.

"The Power of #Hashtags: The Praxis of Solidarity in the Digital Sphere." 65th Annual Convention of the College Theology Society (CTS), South Bend, IN, May 2019.

"A Great Divide? The Catonsville Nine as a Source for the Recent Left-Right Debate in Catholicism." 2018 Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA), Emmitsburg, MD, April 2018.

"Cesar Chavez and Social Activism through the Lens of Ecojustice." Annual Conference of the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Muncie, IN, March 2018.

"Christian Hospitality and 'The Wall': A Response to Recent Immigration Legislature." Panel on Religious Concepts of Hospitality, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, February 2018.

"Catholic Environmental Movements and Structural Change in the 21st Century: Cesar Chavez, the United Farmer Workers, and Social Movement Theory." 63rd Annual Convention of the College Theology Society (CTS), Newport, RI, June 2017.

"Joseph Cardijn and Catholic Social Teaching: An Interdisciplinary Approach." Stander Symposium, Dayton, OH, March 2017.

"Christian Hospitality and Immigration: Toward a Renewed Theology of Hospitality in Light of Current U.S. Politics." Annual Conference of the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Muncie, IN, February 2017.

"Response to William Portier's Forthcoming Monograph 'Catholicism in America.' Religious Studies Department Colloquy, Dayton, OH, September 2016.