Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson has an older sister, Ruth, and a younger sister, Elizabeth, and his mother, Emmie, live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson, his father, and Ruth, his older sister, passed away some years ago.
The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’
Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank during his senior year.
Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature.
Dr. Hudson graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson founded and managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton, becoming its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed as a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. His primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich.
Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta, GA from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts under the direction of Dr. David Hesla. His dissertation was written on “Anti-Romanticism in the Work of Baudelaire, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard.” He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989, Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994.
In 1984, Dr. Hudson was received into the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta, GA.
During his years as a college professor, Dr. Hudson served as the president of the American Maritain Association from 1988 to 1995, was elected to the executive committee of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and was chosen as the 1st Mortimer J. Adler Fellow at the Aspen Institute where he worked with Adler during the summers of 1991, 1992, and1993.
In 1995, Dr. Hudson took over Crisis Magazine from its founders, Ralph McInerny and Michael Novak, and created the Morley Publishing Group, Inc. as its 501(c)(3). Dr. Hudson served as publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine and InsideCatholic.com, its Internet version, until 2010 when he resigned to become president of Catholic Advocate, an organization he founded devoted to educating and activating Catholic voters to participate fully in the political process.
While at Crisis Magazine, Dr. Hudson was asked by Karl Rove on behalf of President George W. Bush to create a first-ever Catholic advisory group to the White House. While in this role, Dr. Hudson was invited to be part of the official United States Delegation to the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s papacy and the beatification of Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
In 2013, Dr. Hudson resigned from Catholic Advocate in order to pursue independent writing, media, and consulting opportunities. During the first six months of 2014, Dr. Hudson published a five-day per week column on issues related to Church and Culture at Catholic Online. In February 2014, Dr. Hudson launched a radio show, “Church and Culture,” on the Ave Maria Radio Network which airs twice a week, Saturday and Sunday, in all the major media markets in the country. In January, 2015, Dr. Hudson launched “The Christian Review” online at http://www.thechristianreview.com.
The author of many books, articles, columns, and reviews, Dr. Hudson’s latest book is Onward Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States (Simon & Schuster, 2008).
Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-six years to Theresa Carver Hudson, and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 27, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 19, adopted from Romania when he was four years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than twenty years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA where Theresa and Deal were married.