Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J., a native of Casper, Wyoming, is the Executive Dean and a Professor Ordinarius on the ecclesiastical faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology on the Berkeley, California, campus of Santa Clara University.
Prior to his current assignment, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1997-2006). His first book, The Ground beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuria (2000), focuses on the theology of a Salvadoran priest who was one of six Jesuits murdered by the Salvadoran Army in 1989 at the University of Central America along with two women co-workers. He co-edited a collection of essays entitled Love that Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacurï¿½a (2006) and edited a collection for the Contemporary Spiritual Masters series, Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (2004). Most recently Fr. Burke co-edited a volume entitled The Ignatian Tradition with his sister, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, a professor of theology at Creighton University.
In recent years Fr. Burke has lectured and published on a number of themes, including the philosophical and theological vision of Ignacio Ellacuria, the witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the theological significance of martyrdom, the theological dimensions of peacemaking, the faith that does justice, cultural diversity in the American Catholic experience, Ignatian spirituality, and the role of theology in the Catholic university.