Alex Mikulich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Alex Mikulich, Ph.D.
Office Location
306 Mercy Hall
Mailing Address
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University - Box 94
6363 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 864-7750
Fax Number
(504) 864-7745
E-mail Address
mikulich@loyno.edu

Degrees

Ph.D. (Theology, 2001) Loyola University Chicago; Master of Divinity (1990) Weston Jesuit School of Theology; Bachelor of Arts (History, 1984), College of the Holy Cross

Short Bio

Alex Mikulich, Ph.D., is an anti-racist Roman Catholic social ethicist, activist, and scholar working to address white moral complicity and racism in the Roman Catholic Church and society. Alex co-edited (with Laurie M. Cassidy) Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence, (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2007) which won the College Theology Society’s Theological Book of the Year award for 2008. In addition to co-editing Interrupting White Privilege and co-authoring the introduction, his chapter “(Un) Learning White Male Ignorance,” is one of the constructive theological contributions to the volume. His “Mapping ‘Whiteness’: The Complexity of Racial Formation and the Subversive Imagination of the ‘Motley Crowd’” is published in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2005). Currently, he is co-authoring a book tentatively entitled “The Scandal of White Privilege and U.S. Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of Resistance.”

Alex serves in a leadership role for two state-wide coalitions working to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana. In addition to helping these coalitions grow organizationally, he is researching and writing a white paper about the death penalty in Louisiana. These coalitions include Louisiana Catholics Committed to Repeal of the Death Penalty (LCCRDP) and Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (LCADP).

He is also working with the Center for Responsible Lending to research the ways that predatory lending exacerbates conditions of poverty in Louisiana and Mississippi.

In his work as JSRI’s liaison with Mississippi, Alex collaborates with the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center at Jackson State University, the Catholic dioceses of Jackson and Biloxi, and St Moses the Black Priory, the Norbertine Priory in Raymond, MS.

Alex serves as an anti-racist trainer and facilitator. He is currently co-facilitating a two-year “Race, Diversity, and Pedagogy” workshop for theologians in the College Theology Society (2009-2011). Since 2008, he has served the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team and its work to serve Pax Christi USA’s long-range goal of becoming an anti-racist, multicultural peace through justice organization and movement. In his work with Pax Christi, he has co-facilitated anti-racism trainings for the Pax Christi National Council and staff, for the Pax Christi national conference, and for many local Pax Christi groups. He frequently addresses issues of white privilege and racism with high school, college, and graduate school groups visiting New Orleans on Post-Katrina immersion trips.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his professional theological degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Master of Divinity) and Loyola University Chicago (Ph. D. in Theology). He brings twenty years experience integrating spirituality and social justice advocacy, teaching, and scholarship addressing issues of race and poverty. He and his wife Kara, who serves as a grant writer for the social collaborative of the Jesuit Southern province, enjoy the musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans with their two children and their basset-hound Harley.