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Tobias Winright, Ph.D.

Associate professor of health care ethics; associate professor of theology
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


Courses Taught

Foundations in Catholic Health Care Ethics, Health Care in the Catholic Tradition and Methods in Religious Ethics.

Education

  • Ph.D. in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame
  • M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School
  • B.A. in political science from the University of South Florida
  • A.A. in liberal arts from St. Petersburg Junior College

Research Interests

Bioethics; Catholic moral theology; Christian ethics; ethics of war and peace; environmental ethics; criminal justice ethics.

Publications and Media Placements

Books—Authored, Coauthored, Edited, or Co-edited:

  • T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics (editor). London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2021. Winright/5
  • Serve and Protect: Selected Essays on Just Policing. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020.
  • Can War Be Just in the 21st Century? Ethicists Engage the Tradition (co-edited with Laurie Johnston; Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States (co-edited with Jame Schaefer). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: “They Shall Be Called Children of God,” College Theology Society Annual Volume 57 (co-edited with Margaret Pfeil). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
  • Green Discipleship: Catholic Theological Ethics and the Environment (editor and contributor). Winona, MN: Anselm Academic Press, 2011.
  • After the Smoke Clears: The Just War Tradition and Post War Justice (with Mark Allman). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.

Journals—Editor, Co-Editor, or Guest Editor:

  • Journal of Moral Theology, guest editor, special roundtable on “Friendship and the Moral Life,” in honor of Paul Wadell, Volume 10, No. 1 (January 2021).
  • Journal of Moral Theology, guest editor with Rachelle Barina and Nathaniel Hibner, special issue on Catholic Health Care Ethics, Volume 8, No. 1 (January 2019).
  • Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Co-Editor with Mark Allman, 2 issues per year for 5 years, approximately 200 pages per issue, with around a 13% acceptance rate, published by Georgetown University Press: from Volume 33, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2013) to Volume 37, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2017).

Journals—Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • “Thanks Be to God for Paul J. Wadell: Essays in Honor of a Friend and His Work.” Journal of Moral Theology 10, no. 1 (January 2021).
  • “Reimagining Just War as Anchored in, Tethered to, and Tempered by Mercy.” Journal of Religious Ethics 38, no. 3 (September 2020): 436-457.
  • “Just War and Imagination Are Not Mutually Exclusive.” Horizons 45, no. 1 (June 2018): 114-119. Winright/6
  • “Faith, Justice, and Ferguson: Insights for Religious Educators.” Religious Education 113, no. 3 (May-June 2018): 244-252. DOI: 10.1080/00344087.2018.1450608
  • “Why I Shall Continue to Use and Teach Just War Theory.” Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 12, no. 1 (2018): 142-161, available at https://expositions.journals.villanova.edu/article/view/2325/2230.
  • “Growing Edges of Just War Theory: Jus Ante Bellum, Jus Post Bellum, and Imperfect Justice” (with Mark Allman). Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 32, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 173-191.
  • “Just Policing and the Responsibility to Protect.” Ecumenical Review 63, no. 1 (March 2011): 84-95.
  • “The Morality of Cluster Bombing.” Studies in Christian Ethics 22, no. 3 (August 2009): 357-381.
  • “Just Cause and Preemptive Strikes in the War on Terrorism: Insights from a Just-Policing Perspective.” The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 26, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2006): 157-181.
  • “The ‘Slow War’ Against Iraq: A Moral Analysis” (with Joseph E. Capizzi). The Josephinum Journal of Theology 8, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2001): 27-42.
  • “Two Rival Versions of Just War Theory and the Presumption Against Harm in Policing.” Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics 18 (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1998): 221-239.
  • “Virgil Michel on Worship and War.” Worship 71, no. 5 (September 1997): 451-462.
  • “The Perpetrator as Person: Theological Reflections on the Just War Tradition

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Coeditor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (2012-2017)
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • College Theology Society
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum