Jay Brandenberger

Professor of the Practice
Center for Social Concerns

Research Interests

Ethical development and moral purpose in higher education; social cognition and civic life; community engagement and public scholarship; justice theory and praxis

Related Courses Taught

Poverty, Resilience, and Human Development; Fostering Social Responsibility and Justice through Higher Education; Moral Learning and Racial Justice in the Time of the Coronavirus


Jay Brandenberger directs research initiatives and engaged scholarship at the Center for Social Concerns. He works with colleagues at the Center and beyond to examine best practices in fostering ethical development and action for justice. He cofounded a national initiative to examine how Catholic social teaching principles such as solidarity and the common good may be learned and assessed. Drawing on psychology and learning theory, his work explores how higher education may contribute to the development of prosocial purpose and civic/political engagement.

Email: jbranden@nd.edu
Office: 203 Geddes Hall

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