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Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
Theological Studies


B.A. in Political Science, Yale University (1987)

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School (1991)

Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics, University of Southern California (1995)

Research Interests

  • Feminist Theology
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Family Ethics
  • Religion and Public Life
  • Sexual Violence
  • Social Sin
  • Reconciliation

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Publications and Media Placements

Publications (Selected)

Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives. Editor, with Jason King. Collegeville, MD: Liturgical Press, 2020.

“Masculinity and Sexual Abuse in the Church,” Concilium, 2020/2, 118-127.

“Sloth,” in Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation, ed. David Cloutier and Jana Marguerite Bennett, Catholic University Press, 2019, 89-105. 

“#MeToo, #ChurchToo: A Catholic Social Ethics Response to Sexual Violence,” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 16.2, 2019, 1-18.

“Family,” in A Pope Francis Lexicon, ed. Joshua J. McElwee and Cindy Wooten, Liturgical Press, 2018, 68-71.

“Sex, Gender, and Revolution: Where Was Theology?,” Annual of College Theology Society 64, 2018, 63-83.

"Cooperation with Evil Reconsidered: The Moral Duty of Resistance," Theological Studies 78.1, 2017, 96-120.

Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2016). 

“Animals, Evil, and Family Meals,” Journal of Catholic Moral Theology 3.2, 2014, 17-36.

“Practicing Faith in Public Life: Beginning with the Local,” Journal of Political Theology 14.6, 2013, 772-85.

“Family Ethics: Beyond Sex and Controversy,” Notes on Moral Theology, Theological Studies 74:1, 2013, 138-61.

“Beyond the Liberal-Conservative Divide on Contraception: Wisdom of Practitioners of Natural Family Planning and Artificial Birth Control,” reprinted in On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics, eds. M. Therese Lysaught and Joseph P. Kotva, (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012), 818-29.

“Moral Cooperation with Evil and Social Ethics,” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 31:1, 2011, 103-22.

“Intimacy, Reciprocity, and Familial Relations: Marriage for 21st Century Christians,” in Catholic Theological Ethics: Past, Present, and Future, ed., James F. Keenan, Orbis, 2011, 210-23.

Family Ethics: Practices for Christians. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2010).

Media Placements (Selected)

“In Supporting Civil Unions for Same Sex Couples, Pope Francis Is Moving Catholics Toward a More Expansive Understanding of Family,” The Conversation, Nov. 3, 2020.

Guest, America media podcast, “Deliver Us,” April 25, 2019

“Ordinary Families, Holy Families: Looking to the Bible for New Models of Mercy,” America (cover story), June 20-27, 2016.

“Honoring Our Mothers in Theology,”, May 11, 2014.

“Remembering John Kavanaugh, S.J.,” National Catholic Reporter, December 7-20, 2012: 21.

“A Missed Opportunity,” cover story, “Moral Theology after the Margaret Farley Case,” America, Sept. 24, 2012, 20-22.

Honors and Awards

  • Bannan Fellow, Santa Clara University (2019-2020)
  • Founders Award, Women’s and Gender Studies, Saint Louis University (2018)
  • Steber Chair, Saint Louis University (2017-2018)
  • Annual Book Award, College Theology Society, Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church (2017)
  • Catholic Press Association Award, Family Ethics: Practices for Christians (2011)
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Saint Louis University (2003, 2007, 2018)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Theological Society of America (Board 2018-2021, Presidential Commission on Clergy Sexual Abuse, 2018-2019)
  • College Theology Society (Board 2013-2016)
  • Society of Christian Ethics (Board 2006-2009, Women’s Caucus Co-Convener, 2002-2005)

Community Work and Service

  • National Catholic Reporter, Board (2015-2018)
  • National Seminar for Jesuit Higher Education (2015-2018)
  • Voices of Women, St. Louis, MO, Board (2014-2016)
  • Mev Puleo Scholarship Program, Director (2001-2009)