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Joe Holland

Joe Holland

Adjunct Professor of Law

Joe Holland is a philosopher and Catholic theologian focusing on philosophical-scientific cosmology and social and ecological ethics for the new postmodern Global Civilization, the new postmodern Global Catholic Church, and the postmodern university. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.

Currently Joe is Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Philosophy and Liberal Studies Programs, at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, as well as Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law.

During the Northern hemisphere's summer months, he also often serves as Permanent Visiting Professor at the National University of the Altiplano in Puno, Peru; as Adjunct Professor at the University of San Andres Mayor in La Paz, Bolivia; and also as Adjunct Professor at the Florida Center for Theological Studies.

In addition, Joe is President of Pax Romana / Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs USA. Based in Washington DC, this movement is part of the more than 120-year-old Pax Romana global network of some 420,000 lay Catholic intellectuals, professionals, and university students promoting Catholic Social Teaching. He is also Vice-Chair of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice, based in the Boston area; a member of  the International Association for Catholic Social Thought, based at the University of Leuven in Belgium; a member of the Catholic Labor Network; and a board member of the International Catholic Non-Governmental Organizations Center, working with the United Nations in New York City.

Earlier, Joe served as a Research Fellow at the Center of Concern, a Washington DC institute for research and education on international issues founded jointly by the Jesuits and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Later he served as founding Executive Director of PILLAR, a research and education institute for Catholic lay leadership then located at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

He has published countless articles and thirteen books, including MODERN CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: THE POPES CONFRONT THE INDUSTRIAL AGE 1740-1958. He is currently completing a volume titled POSTMODERN CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: THE POPES CONFRONT THE GLOBAL ERA, 1958-2005. A partial list of his books may be found at http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Holland/e/B001JOIWL0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1345748193&sr=1-2-ent.

His SOCIAL ANALYSIS book with Peter Henriot has over 100,000 copies in print in the United States, plus 4 foreign-language translations, 2 foreign English editions, and 21 US printings. It is still used in seminaries, colleges, and universities, as well as by grass-roots communities.

He also served as principal writer-consultant for the 1975 church document "THIS LAND IS HOME TO ME: A Pastoral Letter on Powerlessness in Appalachia," by the Catholic Bishops of the Region. In addition, he served as principal writer-consultant for the later 1995 church document "AT HOME IN THE WEB OF LIFE: A Pastoral Message on Sustainable Communities in Appalachia Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of This Land is Home to Me," from the Catholic Bishops of Appalachia.

Joe has lectured at many US universities, including Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame, Princeton, and also at many foreign universities, including the Institut Catholique in Paris, France; the National University of the Altiplano in Puno, Peru; the Pontifical Catholic University in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan; and the University of San of San  Andres Mayor in La Paz, Bolivia. 

Residing in Miami, Florida, Joe is married to Paquita Biascoechea-Martinez. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Their hobby is sailing, especially in the Caribbean.