Steve Millies

Steven P. Millies

Associate Professor of Public Theology

Director of The Bernardin Center



B.A., Loyola University Chicago

M.A. and Ph.D., The Catholic University of America



Steve Millies’s scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory.  As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.”


Millies studied political theory at The Catholic University of America, completing his degree with a study of religion in British statesman Edmund Burke’s political ideas.  Before coming to CTU, he was associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he held the J. Strom Thurmond Endowed Chair in Political Science.


Millies is a member of several learned societies, including the Association for Political Theory, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society of Christian Ethics.  As well, he participates in the International Thomas Merton Society, the Eric Voegelin Society, and he is the secretary for the Edmund Burke Society of America.  His book, Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016), won first place in the biography category for the Catholic Press Association’s 2017 Book Awards, and he has contributed to several periodicals and journals that include AmericaCommonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, and U.S. Catholic.  His most recent book, Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump, was published by Liturgical Press in 2018. 

Joseph Bernardin: Seeking Common Ground (Liturgical Press, 2016)


Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump (Liturgical Press, 2018)

“Illinois Has a Budget! Now What?”  Chicago Catholic (6 August 2017)


“Catholicism and the Common Good.”  Chicago Catholic (12 March 2017)


“He encouraged Catholics to seek ‘common ground.”  Catholic New World (13 November 2016)


“A Sacred Calling.”  America (28 March 2016)


“What Pilate Knew.”  America (8 February 2016)


“Cardinal Bernardin and Cardinal George: Common Ground in Action.”  CRUX (23 April 2015)


“Bringing Liturgy to Life.”  America (7 February 2011)