Christopher J. Kauffman was the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Professor of Church History at the Catholic University of America. He has written ten books on American Catholic history, including Ministry and Meaning: A Religious History of Catholic Health Care in the United States, and Education and Transformation:Marianist Ministries in America Since 1849, both published by Crossroad. He has also published books on the history of the Alexia Brothers and the Sulpician Fathers, and a biography of William Howard Bishop, the founder of the Glengarry Home Missioners.
He was general editor of an award-winning six-volume history of the American Catholic community, and is presently the general editor of a nine-volume series on American Catholic identities. From 1983 to 2013 he was the editor of The U.S. Catholic Historian. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Helen, a psychotherapist.