Jessica Keating, M.Div.
Program Director, Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity
366 Geddes Hall
Jess Keating directs the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. In her role, she leads the Institute’s research, education, and outreach efforts on the nature and dignity of the human person and contemporary threats to the sanctity of life. Jess also collaborates schools and dioceses to develop innovative educational content and strategies to integrate a pedagogy of life across the academic disciplines.
Jess originally hails from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. She completed her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Masters of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. In addition to her work with the Institute, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Notre Dame.
Between her undergraduate and Masters degrees, Jess taught high school theology for five years at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As in every Catholic school, Jess also enjoyed a number of additional responsibilities including, bus driving and moderating the cheerleading team.
Jess’ writing has appeared in popular publications such as, America Magazine, Aleteia, The Imaginative Conservative, and the Catholic Catalogue, as well as a in the volume of essays, Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person.
She enjoys baseball, European literature, puzzles, spending time with her family, and running.