Peter Steinfels is an author, religion columnist for The New York Times, University Professor at Fordham University in New York City, and Co-Director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.
His best-selling book, A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (Simon & Schuster, 2003) is now in paperback. After serving from 1988 to 1997 as senior religion correspondent of The New York Times, he continues to write “Beliefs,” a biweekly column on religion and ethics, for The Times. In the past, he has served as an editor of Commonweal, the independent journal published by Catholic lay people, and The Hastings Center Report, the leading journal of medical and scientific ethics.
A graduate of Loyola University in Chicago with a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, he has been a visiting professor of history (1997-2001) at Georgetown University, of American studies (1994-95) at the University of Notre Dame, and of religious studies (2005) at the University of Dayton.
He has written on topics ranging from international affairs to church history and medical ethics; has contributed essays to twenty books; and published “The Neoconservatives,” a pioneering analysis of a major political current, in 1979.
In 2003, he and his wife, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, who served for fifteen years as editor of Commonweal and co-directs the Fordham Center, were the recipients of the Laetare Medal for service to the church and society from the University of Notre Dame. They have received similar awards from the University of Dayton and Loyola University in Chicago. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.