Joseph T. Eldridge

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Joseph T. Eldridge has been the University Chaplain at American University since 1997.

Prior to his position as Chaplain at American University, Reverend Eldridge spent more than twenty years working in the public policy arena as advocate and analyst on international human rights and humanitarian issues. In 1991, he established the Washington office of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and served as its director for six years. During the mid-1980s he worked in Honduras with a development agency and consulted on development and human rights issues. In 1974 he co-founded the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a public policy and human rights organization, and served as its director for twelve years. He lived in Santiago Chile from 1970-1973 where he worked for an agency of the United Methodist Church. Presently, he is also an adjunct professor in the School of International Service at American University.

Eldridge has published a number of opinion editorials in the Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, and several longer articles for journals and books. He was interviewed about Honduras by Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes and by Bill Moyers for a PBS documentary, God and Politics.

Eldridge has a Masters in Theology from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Masters in International Studies from American University's School of International Service. He is married to María Otero, and they have three children.” [1]


In 2003 he was a board member of the Memory, Truth and Justice: Comparative Perspectives on National Reconciliation.

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  1. Staff, Arca Foundation, accessed April 20, 2010.
  2. Board of Directors, Rothko Chapel, accessed August 20, 2007.
  3. Leadership, International Justice Mission, accessed December 20, 2008.

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