Fr. Sanks, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School, teaches courses in The Community Called Church, Readings in Liberation Theology, Theological Method, Theology of Paul Tillich and Vatican II Revisited. His course material often parallels his own professional interests, which include ecclesiology, theological method, liberation theology, Vatican II, ecumenism, and globalization and inculturation.
Fr. Sanks has authored several books and articles; among them, Salt, Heaven and Light: The Community Called Church; Reading the Signs of the Times: Resources for Social and Cultural Analysis; The Church's Social Mission: Its Changing Contexts; and Globalization and the Church's Social Mission. Other publications include in 2003 Louvain Studies:Globalization, Postmodernity and Governance in the Church, in 2005 in the New Theology Review Inculturation: What is to be Done? More recently in 2007 with the help of Pierre Bourdieu, he published Homo Theologicus: Toward a Reflexive Theology