The University of Notre Dame has appointed Clemens Sedmak professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs. He also holds an appointment in the university's Center for Social Concerns. Sedmak previously was the FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology at King’s College London. He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy, theology and social theory. Born in Austria, Sedmak studied at the University of Innsbruck, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Maryknoll and the University of Linz. He has held multiple positions at the University of Salzburg, serving as director of the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research and chair for the Department of Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion.

Sedmak was president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics in Salzburg. He has been a visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, the University of Jena in Germany, the Vienna Business University and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.