Ph.D. (Theology, 2001) Loyola University Chicago; Master of Divinity (1990) Weston Jesuit School of Theology; Bachelor of Arts (History, 1984), College of the Holy Cross
Alex Mikulich, Ph.D., Alex Mikulich, Ph.D. is a Roman Catholic anti-racist theologian and social ethicist. He is co-author with Laurie Cassidy and Margaret Pfeil of The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). The Scandal of White Complicity is critically acclaimed in America magazine, Theological Studies, The Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and the National Catholic Reporter. He is organizing for prison and sentencing reform in Louisiana.
His chapter “Where Y’at Race, Whiteness, and Economic Justice? A Map of White Complicity in the Economic Oppression of People of Color” is published in The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections on Economic Justice for All (Mark Allman, ed., Anselm Academic, 2012).
Alex co-edited (with Laurie Cassidy) Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2007) that won the College Theology Society’s 2008 Theological Book of the Year Award. In addition to co-editing Interrupting White Privilege and co-authoring the introduction, his chapter “(Un) Learning White Male Ignorance,” is one of the constructive theological contributions to the volume. His “Mapping ‘Whiteness’: The Complexity of Racial Formation and the Subversive Imagination of the ‘Motley Crowd’” is published in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Vol 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2005), p. 99-125.
Alex serves the Jesuit Social Research Institute as state liaison for Louisiana where he helped to found and organize two statewide coalitions. Drawing upon the assistance of the Center for Responsible Lending since 2010, Alex helped found and is a co-leader for Louisiana for Responsible Lending, a coalition of nearly two dozen statewide religious, advocacy, community, and educational groups, including federal and local credit unions that advocate for payday lending reform. Alex has testified against predatory payday lending at Louisiana House and Senate hearings, published essays in support of responsible small loan lending for The Shreveport Times, the Lafayette Advertiser, and the Baton Rouge Advocate, and presented the theological and moral perspective of Catholic social teaching on “Usury and Interest in the Christian Tradition” for the Family Impact Seminar in Baton Rouge in 2012 (organized by the Louisiana State University School of Social Work to assist legislators in policy development).
He also helped found and contributes to Louisiana Catholics for Repeal of the Death Penalty and Louisiana for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He co-authored with Sophie Cull “Diminishing All of Us: The Death Penalty in Louisiana,” a white paper available on the national Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) website. CMN translated the white paper into Spanish for educational and organizing outreach in California and other states.
Alex serves as an anti-racist facilitator. He served the Pax Christi USA Anti-Racism Team (PCART) from 2008 through 2014. He has co-facilitated anti-racism workshops for the Pax Christi National Council and staff, for the Pax Christi national conference, and many local Pax Christi groups. He frequently addresses white complicity and racism with high school, college, and graduate school groups visiting New Orleans on post-Katrina immersion and service trips.
He procured his Bachelor of Arts degree as a History major from the College of the Holy Cross and his theological degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Master of Divinity) and Loyola University Chicago (Ph.D. in theology with a specialization in social ethics). He brings over twenty years experience integrating spirituality and social justice advocacy, teaching, and scholarship addressing issues of white supremacy and economic injustice. He and his wife Kara recently celebrated their 27th anniversary and enjoy parenting two teens with their basset hound Harley.