James E. Menkhaus
Assistant Professor, Theology Department
Office: PC 3206G
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The Fall 2015 semester begins my third year at Gannon Univeristy. Prior to being at Gannon I taught part-time at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed my doctoral work through Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where I attended St. Xavier High School and then earned my undergraduate and M.A. degree at John Carroll. Aside from teaching, which is my first love, I also enjoy retreats and service work. I have led a number of retreats in the United States and Ecuador, and have participated in immersion programs in Louisville, Kentucky, Immokalee, Florida and Honduras.
This year I am excited to be teaching a new course in the fall 2015 for the Honor's Program entitled "The Theology of Good and Evil," which will challenge students to articulate their own Theodicy in light of the theological "problem of evil." In the spring 2016 I will be leading a group of students to Immokalee, Florida for the second time at Gannon so the students can learn about migrant workers, just wages and modern day salvery. In the spring I will also be co-teaching a course that will travel in May to Poland to experience the death camps and to learn about the evils of genocide.
Aside from theology and teaching, I enjoy rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, and Duke Blue Devil basketball team (national Champs 2015!). I enjoy traveling and hope to eventually visit Antarctica. Random fun facts? I don't wear dress shoes and have never made a PowerPoint presentation. If you ever want to chat theology...or anything else, come by my office with a Mountain Dew!
My current research interests are in a few areas. First, I am writing a paper on Pedro Arrupe in honor of the 70th anniversary of his experiences at Hiroshima. Second, I am researching issues of drone warfare and the effect drones have on the human dignity of those who are living in target areas where drones patrol. Third, I am interested in migrant farmworker rights, such as the experiences of those who live in Immokalee, Florida. Finally, my current book proposal is on immersion work through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.