Luke Hansen, S.J., an associate editor at America from 2012 to 2014, is a student at the Jesuit School of Theology, a graduate school of Santa Clara University, in Berkeley, Calif.
Before joining the staff at America, Hansen served for two years as volunteer coordinator at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A native of Kaukauna, Wis., he graduated from Saint Joseph College (Ind.) and served for one year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Jose, Calif., as a legal advocate for mental health clients. Hansen entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and later earned a master’s degree in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. His thesis presented a Catholic argument against the use of indefinite detention in the “war on terror.”
Hansen has won several awards from the Catholic Press Association for reporting on the U.S. prison camps in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, including his feature story in America about the experience of U.S. soldiers inside Guantánamo Bay, his interviews in America with Lt. Col. Darrel J. Vandeveld, a former prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay, and Cmdr. Walter Ruiz, legal counsel for a defendant in the military commissions, and for his feature story in Jesuit Journeys about visiting with four Uighur men who had been imprisoned for seven years in Guantánamo. Hansen has also reported from Honduras and El Salvador for America, and in January 2015 he interviewed Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany about Pope Francis, the synod on the family, and women in the church. (Visit this page for America’s extensive coverage of the Guantánamo prison.)