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Dr. Michael J. Naughton

Director, Center for Catholic Studies; Koch Chair in Catholic Studies; Professor of Catholic Studies
Sitzmann Hall 105
(651) 962-5712

Michael Naughton is the holder of the Koch Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) where he is a full professor with an appointment in the department of Catholic Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) He is the director of the Center for Catholic Studies, which is the oldest and largest Catholic Studies program in the world.  He is the author and editor of nine books and over 40 articles. He helped coordinate and write the Vocation of the Business Leader issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012), which is translated into 15 languages. He currently serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing (for profit).

Curriculum Vitae


Video Presentations

Selected Publications


  • Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business 2015 (Co-authors Jeanne Buckeye, Kenneth Goodpaster, T. Dean Maines).
  • Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business, 2011 (Co-author David Specht).
  • Bringing Your Business to Life: The Four Virtues that Will Help You Build a Better Business-and a Better Life, 2008 (Co-author Jeff Cornwall).
  • Rediscovering Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays on Wealth, Income and their Distribution in the Catholic Social Tradition, 2005 (co-editors, Helen Alford, Charles Clark, S.A. Cortright).
  • Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Catholic Social Tradition, Spring 2002 (co-editor, S.A. Cortright, translation in Chinese in progress).
  • Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization, 2001 (co-author Helen Alford-translated into Spanish, Russian and Hungarian with Italian and Chinese in progress).


Awards and Honors

  • The Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life, 2015 from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
  • Julie Hays Teaching Award of the Opus College of Business chosen by faculty, students and alumni at the Opus College of Business. The Award “recognizes faculty members who exemplify an ongoing commitment to teaching and learning.” 2014.
  • Awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley California and inducted into the school’s College of Fellows, 2009.
  • National Outstanding Course Award for "Christian Faith and the Management Professions: An Entrepreneurial Perspective," First Place from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 2002.
  • The University of St. Thomas Business Ethics Award for 2001.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
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CATH 340 - 02 Vocation of the Entrepreneur - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 55S 207

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55S 207

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47296 (View in ClassFinder)

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Michael J. Naughton, Michael J. Sarafolean

This course provides an investigation into the ways in which Catholicism is inherently social and ecclesial. Its specific focus is on the Christian engagement with the world. The course's framework will be taken from the analysis of society into three spheres of action (culture, politics, and economics) as described in Centesimus annus. We will examine the ways that Revelation, the sacramental life, and the teachings of the Church call Catholics to seek holiness and to witness to their faith in the world. Specific topics may include social and economic justice, politics and public policy, lay and religious apostolates, education, and marriage and family. Course materials may include resources from philosophy, theology, history, economics, and political science. This course will satisfy the third level Faith and Catholic Tradition core requirement. Prerequisite: CATH 101

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