Moral responsibility, conscience, and public protest — Homelessness and hunger — Capital punishment — Christian ethics — Liberation theology — Sustainability — Cuba
Richard D. Axtell
Associate Professor of Religion, College Chaplain, Centre Scholar
B.A., Mississippi College; M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Interest and expertise on issues of hunger and homelessness; former director of Louisville United Against Hunger and a case manager working with homeless men. Travel and study in Bangladesh, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala focused on sustainable development and world hunger. Has guided students to first-hand understanding of homeless shelters. Honored as a teacher and a hunger activist.
History of modern Europe — France and the Third Republic — Poverty and social welfare — Industrialization — Gender — Philanthropy
Steven M. Beaudoin
Paul L. Cantrell Associate Professor of History
B.A., Bates College; M.A., University of Maine; M.A., Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Has published on the development of the European welfare state, charity in Third Republic France, the industrial revolution, poverty in world history, and the history of childhood and gender socialization. In addition, teaches classes on modern China, world history, modern Europe, industrialization, and gender in Europe and the United States.
Conservative vs. liberal churches — Anything Presbyterian — Sociology of family life — Marriage — Dating, mate selection — How to be a better boyfriend — Coffee and cafes — Academic blogging
William J. "Beau" Weston
John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professor of Sociology
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.R. (ethics), Yale Divinity School;
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (sociology), Yale University
Special interest in the sociology of religion. Author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a Protestant House (University of Tennessee Press, 1997). Editor of and contributor to Education and the American Family: A Synthesis of Research (New York University Press, 1989). Research and teaching on topics related to family life and major contemporary social issues.