Patrick Downey received his MA in theology from Harvard University and PhD in theology from Boston College. He taught at Boston College from 1988-1993 and at St. Mary’s College of California since 1994. His areas of specialization are ethics, political philosophy, foundational theology, and poetics. He is the author of two books: Serious Comedy: The Philosophical and Theological Significance of Tragic and Comic Writing in the Western Tradition and Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity, and the Human Heart. He’s married with four daughters and lives in California.