From 1994 to 2001, Dolan served as rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, teaching church history and ecumenical theology at various pontifical universities.
In 2020, at the peak of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, Dolan joined a . written in
After the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Dolan called police violence in the city a case of “bad apples” that were “very rare”.
He has also called for the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be condemned, which he calls “raw evil” and has even traveled to Ukraine to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.