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Julie Hanlon Rubio
Associate Dean / Professor of Christian Social Ethics

Julie Hanlon Rubio joined the faculty at JST after 19 years in the Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis University where she was Professor of Christian Ethics with a secondary appointment in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research brings the resources of social ethics to issues of sex, gender, marriage, and family. She has published four books and two edited volumes. Her many essays have appeared in Theological Studies, Horizons, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Political Theology. She serves on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' National Review Board and on the board of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. She speaks in a wide variety of public forums and writes for popular venues such as America magazine, the blog, the Washington Post, and National Catholic Reporter. Along with SCU's Paul Schutz, Ph.D., she is a Principal Investigator for a research project on clericalism and clergy sexual abuse. Her current book project is titled Catholic and Feminist: Is It Still Possible?.



  • Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives, Liturgical Press, 2020
  • Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the Personal and the Political in a Divided Church, Georgetown University Press, 2016
  • Family Ethics: Practices for Christians, Georgetown University Press, 2010

Journal Articles 

  • "Masculinity and Sexual Abuse in the Church," Concilium, 2020, 118-127.
  • "Theology of Family Today: Contemporary Struggles and Future Promise," Irish Theological Quarterly 85.3, 2020, 1-18.
  • "#MeToo, #ChurchToo: A Catholic Social Ethics Response to Sexual Violence," Journal of Catholic Social Thought 16.2, 2019, 1-18.
  • "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.

Popular Articles

  • "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.
  • "Workers, Families, and the 2020 Election,", Sept. 3, 2020.
  • "How to talk to people who aren't taking social distancing seriously," America, Mar. 30, 2020.
  • “Arguing with Dorothy Day,” National Catholic Reporter, Jan. 16, 2017. 
  • “Ordinary Families, Holy Families: Looking to the Bible for New Models of Mercy,” America, June 20-27, 2016.


  • "Finding Common Ground in a Polarized World: Possibilities and Perils," Mission Day, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 25, 2019.
  • “Five Years of Francis’s Papacy: Prospects for Peace, the Poor, and the Environment,” University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, April 3, 2018.
  • "Dare We Hope for Common Ground?" Deitchmann Family Lecture on Religion and Modernity, McFarland Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, Oct. 4, 2017.
  • “The Novelty of Amoris Laetita for Priests and Laity,” Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice," Boston College, Boston, MA, Oct. 5, 2017.
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