Andrew V. Abela, PhD

Provost of The Catholic University of America. | Academic

 Dr. Abela is Provost of The Catholic University of America and the founding dean of The Catholic University's Busch School of Business and Economics.  He is a member of the Scientific Commitee of Fondazione Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice.

Dr. Abela’s main research areas included consumerism, marketing ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, and internal marketing communication. Believing that anti-free market perspectives seem to dominate discussion about the social impact of business, Dr. Abela has worked to explore Christian ethics to show how these issues can be resolved more humanely and effectively through market-oriented approaches.

His research on marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Markets & Morality, and in two books. 

Together with Dr. Joseph Capizzi, Dr. Abela co-authored A Catechism for Business (Catholic University Press, 2014), which is now in its second edition and has been translated into Italian and Spanish. He is the winner of the 2009 Novak Award, a $10,000 prize given by the Acton Institute for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.” 


Dr. Abela is the winner of the Acton Institute’s 2009 Novak Award. He received his PhD in Management with concentrations in marketing and business ethics from the University of Virginia, Darden Business School in 2003 and an MBA from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Interested In:

Consumerism Family Free Markets Role of Profit in Business

Speaker / Panelist at Upcoming Event(s):

6 days
2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm

Washington Retreat House
The 2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching(CST) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Retreat House (directly across from The Catholic University of America), the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 2018.

Articles on Catholic Social Teaching:

Consumption and Family Life
Consumerism arises from a misunderstanding about the meaning of life and the real source of human happiness: consumerism is the mistaken idea that the consumption of things and experiences leads to happiness. It is an addiction to buying things, to spending money, as a solution to the lack of happiness and peace in one’s life, in one’s family.
posted on: Sep 26, 2012 02:33pm
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