Tobias Winright, PhD
Hubert Mäder Endowed Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics
Tobias Winright joined the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, where he holds the Hubert Mäder Endowed Chair, in March 2014. He moved to Saint Louis University in 2005 and is also Associate Professor of Theological Ethics in the Department of Theological Studies. Winright is a Roman Catholic moral theologian who possesses previous professional experience in law enforcement (corrections and policing) and lay ecclesial ministry (youth and campus ministry). His PhD in Moral Theology/Christian Ethics is from the University of Notre Dame, and his MDiv is from Duke Divinity School.
Winright's scholarly interests include Christian bioethics, fundamental moral theology, social ethics, political theology, just war theory, just policing, capital punishment, and ecology. He has co-authored After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (Orbis 2010), edited Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment (Anselm Academic 2011), co-edited Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: "They Shall Be Called Children of God" (Orbis 2011), and co-edited Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States (Lexington 2013). In addition, he has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics, the Ecumenical Review, and Criminal Justice Ethics, as well as several chapters in several books. More popular essays have appeared in The Tablet, Christian Century, Sojourners, Commonweal, and The Cresset. He is co-editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and was book review editor for the journal, Political Theology.
In connection with health care and bioethics, Winright's current areas of scholarly research include: theological ethics and face (focusing on issues involving face, such as cosmetic surgery and face transplants); a theo-political bioethics; the medicalization of the death penalty; post-war justice and wounded soldiers; the virtue of prudence, prudential judgment, and health care ethics; and revisiting the patient as person
For the Gnaegi Center, he teaches "Foundations in Catholic Health Care Ethics," "Health Care Ethics in the Catholic Tradition," and "Methods in Religious Ethics."
Winright is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the College Theology Society, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.
Prior to his move to Saint Louis University, he was Assistant Professor of Religion at Simpson College from 1998 to 2003 and Assistant Professor of Theology at Walsh University from 2003 to 2005.