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, Luke 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., Luke 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. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and later earned a master’s degree in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. His thesis critiqued the use of indefinite detention in the “war on terror” from a Catholic perspective.
Luke won awards from the Catholic Press Association in 2011 for his America interview with Lt. Col. Darrel J. Vandeveld, a former prosecutor at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and for his feature story in Jesuit Journeys about visiting with four Uighur men who had been imprisoned for seven years in Guantánamo Bay. In October 2012 Luke traveled to Guantánamo Bay to report on military commission hearings for America, and he returned there in July 2013 to report on the prison camps. (Click here for America's extensive coverage of the Guantánamo prison.) Luke has also reported from Honduras and El Salvador for America.