Shaun A. Casey
Professor of Christian Ethics

Shaun Casey's research interests include the ethics of war and peace, the role of religion in presidential politics, public theology, the role of the Church in fighting global poverty, and the problem of theodicy as it relates to the Red Sox. He serves as a consultant to the Project on Religion and Post Conflict Reconstruction at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has published a book on the role of religion in the 1960 presidential election.

In July 2013, Casey began his duties as the special advisor to the Secretary of State for faith-based community initiatives. Casey remains an important member of Wesley’s faculty and will return to his regular position at the conclusion of this assignment.  

Secretary of State John Kerry is the president's chief foreign affairs adviser. During his leave of absence, Casey will serve as Kerry’s chief religion advisor in this newly established office.

Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • Christian Ethics: A Topical Approach
  • Christianity and Politics
  • Church of Baseball
  • Ethical Dimension of Ministry
  • Ethics, War and Film
  • NCSS Interaction/Reflection Seminar
  • PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
  • Public Theology for Congregations
  • Readings in Religion and Presidential Politics
  • Readings: Charles Taylor
  • Readings: Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Readings: Stanley Hauerwas
  • Readngs: Ending Global Poverty
  • Religion & the American Presidency



  • Abilene Christian University, B.A.
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.Div.
  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.A.
  • Harvard Divinity School, Th.D.


The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon, 1960 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

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