Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Barbara Elliott

Barbara Elliott

Professional Background:

Barbara Elliott began her public life as director of the Center for Constructive Alternatives at Hillsdale College, where she edited its journal, Imprimis. She then served President Ronald Reagan in the White House Office of Public Liaison, having been Director of Legislative Information for the Heritage Foundation on Capitol Hill. Later, in 1989, as an international television correspondent for PBS in Europe, Barbara launched a private initiative on behalf of refugees fleeing communist countries. She documented over 150 interviews with Christians from the Eastern bloc who resisted communism because of their faith, publicizing their story through her book, Candles Behind the Wall: Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution that Shattered Communism.

In recognition of her work, Barbara Elliott was awarded, in 2001, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by the President of the United States, George W. Bush.


B.A. in English Literature and Fine Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University

M.A. in Theology from University of St. Thomas, Texas

Point Of Interest:

Barbara has consistently sought to integrate her faith and her work on behalf of the least privileged of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Barbara has witnessed the importance of the lay office in the Church, urging lay men and women to draw upon their faith in order to render our public institutions more human. She recently began a new initiative on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, drawing upon the resources of the business community.

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