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 current scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to republican politics from several perspectives, including Scripture, theology, and political philosophy.  An ancient political idea that inspires today’s democracies, republicanism expresses the equal dignity of each human person through political institutions that serve the common good.  In the ongoing dialogue between an ancient church and modern political institutions, republicanism describes a set of shared concerns that bridge a difficult distance between Catholic faith and secular politics.


Millies studied political theory and the relationship between religion and modernity 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 recent 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, and the National Catholic Reporter.  His next book, Good Intentions:  A History of Catholic Voters’ Road from Roe to Trump, is due from Liturgical Press in 2018.

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

“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)